Where do I file my case?
There are six Small Claims Courts in the County of Los Angeles. You can only file your case at one court and you must choose the right one. This is called the venue.
If you file in the wrong court, the Judge may refuse to hear your case.
How do I choose the right court location?
Here are some of the ways to choose the right court to file your case:
Based on these choices, there may be more than one court to choose from. If so, choose the court that is most convenient for you. If you know the zip codes for the above locations, you can use the Filing Court Locator to help you find the right court.
What can I do if I am being sued in the wrong court?
The Plaintiff must sue in the right court. If the Plaintiff sues in the wrong court, the Judge can refuse to hear the case.
How do I challenge the court location or venue?
You must write a letter to the court. Be sure to include the following in your letter:
Mail a copy of your letter to court and to the Plaintiff. We recommend that you write to the court at least 10 days before your scheduled court date.
Do I have to go to court if I challenge the court location?
No. If you challenge the court location, you do not have to go to the court on your court date.
When will the Judge review my letter?
The Judge will review your letter on the scheduled court date.
What will happen after the Judge reviews my letter?
If the Judge rules that the case is filed at the right court, the hearing will be postponed for at least 15 calendar days. The court will notify all parties of the new court date by mail.
If the Judge rules that the Plaintiff filed in the wrong court, the Judge will either dismiss the case or transfer it to the correct court. If the case is dismissed, the Plaintiff will have to re-file the case at the right court.
Contact us for more information or speak with one of our counselors at (800) 593-8222. If you live outside of Southern California, call us at (213) 974-9759.
Updated March 18, 2013
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