Small Claims Court Lectures

The Small Claims Advisor helps both plaintiffs and defendants understand how to prepare and file their court forms, follow court procedures, consider different ways to settle a case, and get ready for court. In Contra Costa County, the Small Claims Advisor holds legal information workshops in different parts of the county.

SMALL CLAIMS
The Small Claims Advisor offers the lectures below. 

  • YOU MUST SIGN UP BEFORE YOU CAN ATTEND.  To find out when and where lectures will be held and to sign up, email smallclaims@contracosta.courts.ca.gov. For information about Small Claims lecturesclick here to go to the Superior Court Of California County of Contra Costa website.

    IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you visit the Virtual Self-Help Law Center before you attend a lecture or before you contact the Small Claims Advisor by email since emails will be answered within 2 weeks.
     
  • No child care available.  Please do not bring children to the lectures.
  • The lectures do not cover how to collect a judgment.
  • Lectures start on time.
  • The lectures do not allow time for specific questions to be answered.

RICHMOND - CARROLL COURTHOUSE
100-37th Street, Room 202
Richmond, CA 94805
Select Thursdays, except on court or county holidays, 9:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

MARTINEZ – SPINETTA FAMILY LAW CENTER
751 Pine Street, Conference Room
Martinez, CA 94553
Select Thursdays, except on court or county holidays, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

CONCORD – CONTRA COSTA PUBLIC LIBRARY
2900 Salvio St., Community Room
Concord, CA 94519
Select Thursdays, except on court or county holidays, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

PITTSBURG - ARNASON JUSTICE CENTER
1000 Center Drive, Room 1038
Pittsburg, CA 94565
Select Thursdays, except on court or county holidays, 9:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Email:  smallclaims@contracosta.courts.ca.gov

You will get a response within 2 weeks of your email.

Virtual Self-Help Law Center * Click on their Small Claims link for information and videos on how the Small Claims Court works.

  • Steps to handle small claims cases (before, during and after your hearing)
  • How to collect your judgment
  • What to do if you are a defendant
  • Free forms with instructions that you can fill out online
  • Understand how to prepare and file court forms
  • Understand and follow court procedures
  • Consider different ways to settle a case—sometimes going to court is not the best option for you!
  • Get ready for your court appearance
  • Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions"

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