TO ALL SMALL CLAIMS PARTIES: Due to the current court closure, Empire’s Small Claims Clinic including telephone assistance is also closed, at least until April 6th and possibly longer. Please do not come to Empire College for Small Claims help at this time; we are closed to the public.
FOR THOSE WHO NEED TO FILE PAPERS IN SMALL CLAIMS COURT: Sonoma County Courts have a process for the electronic filing, or “e-filing”, of Civil cases, which may allow for the filing of any Complaints, Answers or other documents as needed. We cannot provide legal advice, but the link below should help you determine whether this procedure is available to you. If you are unable to proceed on your own, you will have to seek the advice of an attorney. We wish you well in this difficult time for everyone. Here is the link: http://sonoma.courts.ca.gov/online-services/e-Filing
Directed by Empire Law School
About the Clinic
The Sonoma County Small Claims Advisory Clinic provides free procedural and legal information to Small Claims litigants regarding their rights and responsibilities under California Law.
In December 2005, Empire College School of Law took on the advisory role for the Sonoma County Small Claims Court. The free service, mandated by the county for users of the court, is provided by Empire Law Students overseen by the Dean of the Law School, Brian J. Purtill, and practicing attorney Murray Cockerill.
The clinic is staffed by third and fourth-year law students of Empire Law School and local attorneys. The staff is available to help with all stages of Small Claims cases. Any Small Claims participant or potential participant is welcome to seek help from the clinic – even those who are not residents of Sonoma County.
While we provide legal information and advice regarding small claims forms, we do not fill out the forms for clients. Additionally, we are prohibited by law and contract from advising on matters outside the realm of small claims court. Where such advice is sought we will provide referrals to another appropriate entity when necessary. Small Claims advisors cannot act as your attorney and are not meant to replace the advice of an attorney. If you would like the advice of an attorney, contact the Sonoma County Bar Lawyer Referral Service at (707) 546-5297.
The small claims advisory service would like to thank the Judicial Council of California, the California Department of Consumer Affairs, the Sacramento Small Claims Advisory Clinic, and all others who allowed us to use content from their website in the production of this site.
Empire College School of Law
First upstairs conference room on the left
3035 Cleveland Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
CLINIC HOURS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER
Monday and Wednesday
from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Assistance by phone:
Tuesday and Thursday
from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Bilingual assistance for Spanish speakers
Available during walk-in hours only.
The clinic is closed on ALL Federal/Court holidays.
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Common Disputes Heard in Small Claims Court