What is a Civil Case?
A civil case is a lawsuit in which one party sues another party. A civil case can be filed by a party to:
- Enforce a contract or agreement
- Collect damages to their person or property
- Recover money or property
- Protect a civil right
Civil matters include small claims, civil matters, conservatorships, probate, family law, adoptions, and juvenile compromises.
What is the difference between Limited and Unlimited Civil Cases?
Generally, civil lawsuits are divided into three categories which is based on the amount of money involved in the lawsuit. An example of cases with are generally excluded from this are unlawful detainer, juvenile, civil harassment, probate and family matters. When the dollar amount is under $7,500 it is usually referred to as a Small Claims case. When the dollar about is less than or equal to $25,000 it is referred to a limited jurisdiction civil case. When the dollar amount exceeds $25,000 it is referred to as an unlimited jurisdiction civil case.
Where can I get help with my civil case?
The court staff is available to provide assistance. Please see contact our Self-Help center for more information.
How do I file documents?
Please make sure all documents are signed and dated. You will need to file one the clerk with one original set of documents which is organized, 2-hole punched and stapled, along with the appropriate number of copies, to the clerk. Please be sure all copies of documents are organized and stapled. The clerk cannot accept copies which are not organized and stapled. Please check the Statewide Civil Fee Schedule to be sure you have included the proper filing fees or an Application for Waiver of Court Fees and Costs.
Can I fax documents for filing?
Yes, you can file documents via fax but you must contact a fax filing agency in order for the court to receive faxed signatures, otherwise the court requires an original signature.
What if I cannot afford to pay the filing fee?
Fee Waivers are available for qualifying individuals. Please review the Information Sheet on Waiver of Court Fees and Costs for eligibility guidelines.
Does the court provide interpreters?
Please contact our Outreach Assistant in the Access to Justice Center for more information on language assistance.
Can I get copies from a case file?
Yes, you can request copies through the clerk's office, either in person or by mail. The average response time is one week from the date the court receives your request. If you request copies by mail, please include specific information on what it is that you need, the case number, case name and payment. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope to receive copies through the mail.
Copies are $.50 per page (double-sided sheet equals 2 pages). If you need a document certified, the cost is $25.00 unless it is a dissolution which is $15.00 in addition to the per copy fee. Payment may be made by check, cash or money order.
When is the Law and Motion calendar heard?
What if I cannot appear in person?
You can make arrangements through Court Call at 1-888-88COURT (1-888-882-6878) to make an appearance by phone.