Small Claims Workshop and Clinic

 

The Small Claims Workshop continues to operate as a remote clinic.
The scheduled clinic dates for 2022 are found below.
Click HERE for more information and to register for a clinic date in 2022. Spanish version found HERE.

If you are seeking assistance regarding the lifting of the Back Rent Moratoria, please note this workshop/clinic provides information on ALL Small Claims actions in a general way, and lacks the resources to provide information specific to Back Rent Moratorium matters. If Back Rent is your primary concern, you may want to seek assistance from one of the agencies listed below. For your convenience, we have provided links to their Small Claims information and how you can seek help.


California Courts - https://selfhelp.courts.ca.gov/small-claims-california?utm_source=courts-main&utm_medium=top-banner&utm_campaign=small-claims-content-update&utm_content=intro

Los Angeles County Department of Consumer & Business Affairs -  https://dcba.lacounty.gov/small-claims/

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles - https://lafla.org/covid-resources/renters-small-claims/

Los Angeles Superior Court - http://www.lacourt.org/division/smallclaims/smallclaims.aspx 


Future clinic dates include the following:

Thursday, January 13, 2022
Thursday, February 10, 2022
Thursday, March 17, 2022 (Third Thursday)
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Thursday, May 19, 2022 (Third Thursday)
Thursday, June 9, 2022

Additional information on the status of Small Claims court found HERE
The Spanish version can be found HERE

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A Collaborative Project of:

The Law Firm of Greenberg Glusker, Reed Smith, The Los Angeles County Bar Association ALSP, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, The Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution, and Southwestern Law School.


Welcome to the Small Claims Project, which provides education and assistance to self-represented litigants in a workshop/clinic setting.

The Project is an innovative and collaborative program first developed in 2009 by the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) and Bet Tzedek Legal Services to help Small Claims litigants. The collaboration was joined by the law firms of Greenberg Glusker and Reed Smith, Southwestern Law School, and Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution.

On a monthly basis, volunteer attorneys and Southwestern law students conduct detailed Small Claims workshops open to both plaintiffs and defendants, hosted at Southwestern Law School. Following the one-hour PowerPoint presentation, litigants are invited to discuss the option of mediation with a mediation representative, and have the ability to meet one-on-one with a volunteer to clarify procedural issues, ask additional questions, and prepare for their hearings. Litigants are seen on a “first come, first served” basis. With an average of 30 participants attending each workshop, the project has assisted over 1,000 litigants. Outreach efforts specifically target low-income Angelenos. The presentation and one-on-one meetings are conducted in both English and Spanish.

Visit the Southwestern Law School website for more information on the Small Claims Workshop and Clinic.

The Project has created materials hosted on the LACBA website for the general public. Please see below for workshop details and materials.


Small Claims Workshop & Clinic Online Forms and Informational Packets

The forms and informational packets are available online as a complement to the FREE monthly workshop/clinic.

The forms at this website cannot be completed online. You can download and save them to your computer or print them. If you'd like, you can bring completed forms to the next workshop/clinic (you must register first) and a volunteer advocate will review them with you.

In addition to the forms, the informational packets provide an overview of the Small Claims process, with a particular focus on (a) how to identify the appropriate parties to name in your action, and (b) the proper way to serve the action. You will also find practical tips about the Small Claims process, the hearing and the Judgment that you may obtain.

To open an informational packet, click on one of the following links:

  1. Glossary of Terms
  2. Filing a Small Claims Action
  3. Fee Waiver Forms
    Information Sheet English – Form FW-001-INFO
    Sample Form English - Instructions for FW-001
    Fee Waiver Form English - FW-001
    Information Sheet Spanish – Form FW-001-INFO S
    Fee Waiver Form Spanish – FW-001 S
  4. Serving the Complaint
  5. Defendants Guide to Small Claims
  6. Preparing for Court
  7. Collecting the Judgment
  8. Judgment & Appeal
  9. Paying the Judgment

DISCLAIMER:

In assisting you, we are not acting as your attorney. WE DO NOT REPRESENT YOU

USER AGREEEMENT:

By use of this website and the associated forms and informational sheets, you agree that neither The Law Firm of Greenberg Glusker, Reed Smith, The Los Angeles County Bar Association ALSP, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution, nor Southwestern Law School has undertaken to provide you with legal advice and are not providing you with legal advice, and that no attorney client relationship of any kind is intended or created between you and any of these organizations.


Other Resources

In addition to the workshop, the following websites provide helpful, detailed information about Small Claims proceedings or may be able to assist you with your matter:

The California Courts Self-Help Center for Small Claims:
http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-smallclaims.htm

The California Department of Consumer Affairs publication titled "The Small Claims Court – A Guide to Its Practical Use"
http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/small_claims/index.shtml

The Los Angeles County, Department of Consumer Affairs, Small Claims Advisor Service
https://lawhelpca.org/org/los-angeles-county-small-claims-advisor-service

Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution - https://www.lls.edu/academics/centers/loyolacenterforconflictresolution/

Los Angeles Law Library -
http://www.lalawlibrary.org/