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The Basics of Small Claims Court

An informative and insightful look at what it's like to be a plaintiff or defendant in Small Claims Court.
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Created by Tom Moyer
Last updated 3/2015
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What Will I Learn?
Understand the importance of getting legal advice and information from an Attorney, the Court Staff and the Small Claims Court Advisor
Recognize basic legal concepts and major events in your case
Identify some resources where you can get help with procedures and forms
Describe the general process of filing and serving a claim, an answer to a claim and a counterclaim
Picture how a claim is heard and considered and when an award is made
Explain some of the options that the parties have after the hearing
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  • This is an overview course that will give you a basic understanding of the Small Claims process. There are no prerequisites and the course includes all lecture and study material.

This course will provide you with a basic understanding of some of the steps in a Small Claims case as well as information on simple legal procedures. You will explore California State Court websites that are designed to help you navigate the Small Claims process. View the websites in your State for local information. There is also an emphasis on the need for the services of Attorneys, Small Claims Court Advisors and Court Staff. This course will equip you with some basic knowledge to understand how Small Claims Court works.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for individuals and business owners who have little or no knowledge of the Small Claims Court system. Legal professionals may find that this course has limited value.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Basic Procedures and Major Events
1 Lecture 07:43

This lecture will provide you with a basic understanding of the initial and final steps in a case and what will happen at the hearing.

Preview 07:43

This quiz will test your knowledge of basic terms and concepts covered in lecture one.

Review of Section 1
6 questions
Filing Your Claim
1 Lecture 05:10

This lecture will enable you to identify some of the essential forms in a case and explain why they are important.

Preview 05:10

Review of Section 2
5 questions
Serving Your Claim on the Defendant and Getting a Response
1 Lecture 06:22

This lecture will help you to understand the importance of keeping your opponent advised of developments in the case because that's what you want too.

Informing Your Opponent

Serving Your Claim on the Defendant and Getting a Response
6 questions
What Happens at the Hearing?
1 Lecture 05:35

This lecture will take some of the mystery out of having to attend a hearing and will give you knowledge on how to prepare for it as well as provide some things to say and do.

The Hearing

The Hearing
5 questions
The Award (Judgment) - Winning or Losing
1 Lecture 04:59

This lecture will provide you with information on how a judge rules, when they do that and how they inform the parties of that decision.

The Judge's Ruling and Collecting if You Win or Appealing if You Lose

The Award (Judgment) - Winning or Losing
5 questions
Is There Another Way To Resolve My Case?
1 Lecture 04:43

The lecture will help you to understand the advantages of going to mediation before filing your case and why it's so important to utilize this important tool in trying to resolve your matter.

Would Mediation Help?

Is There Another Way to Resolve My Case?
5 questions
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