Kern County Small Claims Advisory Services
The purpose of the small claims court is to resolve minor civil disputes quickly, inexpensively and fairly. The rules are simple and the hearing is informal. You may ask a lawyer for advice before or after the hearing but you may not have a lawyer at the hearing. The person who sues is the plaintiff. The person who is being sued is the defendant.
In the state of California, an individual may sue for an amount up to $7,500. Businesses and other organizations may sue for an amount up to $5,000. A limited number of claims may be filed per calendar year under the amount of $2,500 each. Only two claims of more than $2,500 may be filed per calendar year.
The Small Claims Advisor is employed by the court and can explain the basic steps involved in small claims actions. Services are offered at no cost on a first-come, first-serve basis. For additional information, contact the Kern County Small Claims Advisor directly.
Self-Help Center, Kern County Law Library
Superior Court of California, County of Kern
1415 Truxton Ave., 3rd Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Walk-in Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m., and, 1:45 p.m.-3 p.m.
Telephone Hours: Monday-Thursday, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
[This program is not affiliated with Mediation Services. This information is from the Kern County Superior Court's website at http://www.kern.courts.ca.gov. It is not intended to constitute legal advice. We are providing this information as a courtesy to our visitors.]