Small Claims Court Clerk's Office Information
The clerk's offices in both branches are open Monday through Friday, excluding judicial holidays.
Public Counter Hours: 8:30am to 3:30pm
Telephone Hours: 8:30am to 3:30pm
Telephone Number: (707)468-2001
Small Claims Court is available at both locations.
Your Small Claims Case
An attorney is not allowed to represent you in court. Resources for learning to present your own case are noted below in the Resources and Assistance.
Code of Civil Procedure states what actions can be filed in small claims court. One or more of the following must be true in order to file your small claims action in Mendocino County:
- A defendant lives in this county, or if the defendant is a business that has its principal place of business in this county.
- A person was injured or personal property was damaged in this county.
- A defendant signed or entered into a contract in this county, a defendant lived in this county when the contract was entered into a contract or obligation was performed in this county, or if the defendant is a corporation, the contract was breached in this county.
- When a signed contract is involved see CCP §395(B), CCP §1812.10, and CIV §2984.4
Forms and Filing
A Forms Packet, Information for the Small Claims Plaintiff, complete with Claim Form, is available from the self-help center.
Public access computers available for filling out legal forms in the SHLA center, Room 304 of the Ukiah Courthouse.
By law, the clerks cannot provide legal advice. They can assist you with procedural and document filing questions only.
The Filing Fee is based on the amount of the claim:
- Up to $1,500, the fee is $30.00
- $1,500.01 to $5,000.00, the fee is $50.00
- $5,000.01 to $10,000.00, the fee is $75.00
If you have filed more than 12 claims in the past year, the filing fee is $100.00 per claim.
Copies and Certified Copies
Requests for copies or certified copies of a document may be made in person at the Clerk's Office or submitted in writing by mail. We cannot take requests over the phone. Various copy, search, and certification fees may apply.
Please see the Copies and Certified Copies page for more information.
Viewing Court Case Records
Please see the Viewing Court Case Records page for information on how to view court records.
Service of Documents
The date and time of the small claims hearing is set when the plaintiff files the small claims case. It is the plaintiff's responsibility to serve the defendant with the Plaintiff's Claim and Order to Go to Small Claims Court that includes this court date.
Postponing Your Hearing
If the defendant has been served, either party can file with the Court a Request to Postpone Small Claims Hearing (Judicial Council Form SC-110) and an Order on Request to Postpone Small Claims Hearings (SC-111) to continue the matter, along with a $10.00 filing fee at least 10 days before the hearing.
Night Court for Small Claims cases is available upon request and is held at 5:30pm on the first Wednesday of each month in Ukiah.
Parties must use the Perkins Street entrance of the Ukiah Courthouse after 4:30pm. The Perkins Street entrance will be locked at 5:30pm. Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes early.
Resources and Assistance
The Self Help Center provides help with small claims cases. Visit the Self-Help Center webpage to get the schedule for in-person help in Ukiah and Fort Bragg.
You may also email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- See the Law Library for reference books about Small Claims. Open to the public in the Ukiah courthouse, resources are available for all levels of legal research.
- See the California Small Claims Courts Information Center for on-line resources, including Detailed Information and How to collect on a judgment
- The California State Department of Consumer Affairs offers small claims information on their website
- Corporation records: http://businessfilings.sos.ca.gov
- Fictitious Business Names: Mendocino County Assessor-Clerk-Recorder's Office