Small Claims Court


The Small Claims Court is an informal court in which each party represents himself or herself. No attorneys are permitted unless they are bringing suit on their own claims. The maximum amount you may seek in Small Claims Court is $10,000. You are limited to filing only two cases per calendar year over $2,500. The Small Claims Advisory Clinic provides individualized assistance to litigants as to who, what and where to file; how to serve the documents; and how to present the case in Small Claims Court.


Small Claims Court

  • Santa Barbara: 805-568-2700
  • Santa Maria: 805-346-7405
  • Lompoc: 805-737-7794
  • Small Claims Advisor
  • Santa Barbara (805) 568-3303
  • Santa Maria (805) 349-1289


Private Attorney

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office, Consumer & Environmental Protection Division, is prohibited from representing a private citizen who seeks the return of their money or any other personal remedy. You may wish to contact a private attorney or organization that can provide you with legal counsel or assistance. Consult your local yellow pages or contact the following:

  • Lawyer Referral Service of Santa Barbara County, 805-569-9400
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County, 805-963-6754
  • Senior Outreach (Santa Barbara) 805-963-6754
  • Senior Outreach (Santa Maria) 805-922-9909



You and the other party may wish to resolve your dispute without using the court system. Mediation is an alternative to costly and lengthy litigation. It should be kept in mind that mediation is a voluntary process for both parties.

  • Better Business Bureau, 805-963-8657
  • Santa Barbara Consumer Mediation Unit, 805-568-2390



United States Government

Private Organizations and Others


Resources State of California

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