Small Claims Advisor Program

There are no attorneys allowed in Small Claims Court.  To help you, the Courts provide free Small Claims Advisors, available to both sides in a dispute.  The Small Claims Advisor Program gives legal and procedural information and helps you fill out court forms.   

QUESTIONS?  call the Small Claims Advisor Program

(831) 786-7370

Leave a message any time. 

This line is answered live on Tuesdays from 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM.  If your call is not answered live during this time, it means the staff is already on the line with another caller.  Please leave a message and repeat your phone number slowly 2 times. 


In-person help is provided on a first come, first served basis.  Please note that availability may fill up before the end of stated hours of operation.  Please call the Small Claims Advisor Program for a phone consultation before you use our in-person service.

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays

8:30 AM – 11:30 AM


The Small Claims Advisor Program presents a "How To" on Small Claims Cases and Collections. This is a 45 minute presentation followed by
a question and answer session.

When: 6:30 PM

Santa Cruz County Law Library
701 Ocean Street, Room 70
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Map 

The Law Library is located in the basement of the County Building, near Dept. 10. (When facing the County Building, use the stairwell on the left.) 


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What does the small claims advisor program do?

The Small Claims Advisor Program provides legal information, assistance preparing court forms, and procedural advice to self-represented litigants, such as:

  • What to do Before Filing
  • Filing Defendant's Claim
  • Jurisdiction and Venue
  • Requesting a Continuance of the Trial
  • Where to File
  • Mediation Options
  • How to Name a Defendant
  • Paying Judgment in Installments
  • Service of Process
  • How to Collect a Judgment

There is no attorney-client relationship or confidentiality between the public and the Small Claims Advisor Program. The Small Claims Advisor Program remains neutral and is available to all parties in a dispute. The Small Claims Advisor Program is not responsible for the outcome of any case

More Help

California Courts – Small Claims Information

En Español – Reclamos Menores

California Courts – Free Court Forms

Department of Consumer Affairs, The Small Claims Guide  

State Bar of California, Free Consumer Pamphlet

Secretary of State – California Business Portal, Corporations Search

Conflict Resolution Center, Local Mediation Services

Santa Cruz County Government

Legal Research – California Codes, Rules, Statutes

Financial Institutions- Central Locations for Service of Legal Process

Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Civil Office
5200 Soquel Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 454-7655

Contact Information

Office Location:
Superior Court of California,
County of Santa Cruz
1 Second Street, Room 301
Watsonville, CA 95076

Mailing Address:
Superior Court of California,
County of Santa Cruz
Small Claims Advisor Program
1 Second St. Room 300
Watsonville, CA 95076

Small Claims Advisor Program

(831) 786-7370 

Small Claims Mediation (Conflict Resolution Center)

(831) 475-6117