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

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