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Fresno County Small Claims and Civil Advisory Services a project of the BBB in partnership with Fres

Small claims court is a place where people can exercise their rights to resolve disputes.  Attorneys are not permitted to represent any side, except in small claims appeals.  United States citizenship is not required to file or defend a small claims case, but the parties must be at least 18 years old. Each claim cannot be more than $10,000. (Businesses cannot file a claim for more than $7,500.)

Examples of disputes that can be settled in small claims court are:

  • A landlord will not return a security deposit.
  • Someone dents a car and refuses to pay for it.
  • Any dispute about money that does not exceed $10,000 ($7,500 for businesses).

Only cases for money for actual damages can be filed in small claims court.  The Small Claims Advisory can offer assistance to those considering a small claims action.

For additional information, contact the Fresno County Small Claims Advisory Clinic directly.  For telephone access, leave a voicemail message during office hours, and an Advisor will return your call.




Fresno County Small Claims Advisor
1130 O Street, 1st Floor Window
Fresno, CA 93721


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Telephone: 559.457.2174
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8:30 AM–4:30 PM (closed half hour a day for lunch)

[This program is not affiliated with Mediation Services. This information is from the Fresno County Superior Court's website at  It is not intended to constitute legal advice.  We are providing this information as a courtesy to our visitors.]

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