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Effective November 28, 2016 All Small Claims filings from the Victorville district will be filed and heard in the Barstow District

Barstow District:

Serviced areas: Barstow and Unincorporated areas of Yermo, Lenwood, Daggett, Hinkley, Trona and Baker, incidents North of WildWash Road on I-15 to state line, West of Kelbaker Road on I-40, San Bernardino County portion of Ridgecrest.

Big Bear District:

Closed effective May 6, 2013. All Small Claims matters will be filed and heard in the Barstow District.
*Previously serviced areas: Big Bear Lake, Big Bear City, North of Snow Valley on HWY 330, Fawnskin, Erwin Lake, Baldwin Lake, Sugarloaf, Lake Williams, Moonridge.

Fontana District:

Effective June 02, 2014, All Small Claim filings from the Rancho Cucamonga Court will now be filed and heard at the Fontana District located at 17780 Arrow Blvd, Fontana, CA 92335.


Fontana District serviced areas: Fontana, Rialto, Crestmore and Unincorporated areas of Lytle Creek Canyon and Bloomington.

San Bernardino Civil serviced areas: Cities of San Bernardino, Colton, Grand Terrace, Loma Linda, Bryn Mawr, Highland, Yucaipa, Redlands, Green Valley Lake, Skyforest, Crestline, Valley of Enchantment, Twin Peaks, Blue Jay, Lake Arrowhead, Arrowbear, Rim Forest, Running Springs, Cedar Glen, Cedar Pines Park, Crestforest, Lake Gregory, Areas of Lake Silverwood, Snow Valley

Rancho Cucamonga serviced areas: Cities – Montclair, Ontario, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Alta Loma, Cucamonga, Etiwanda, Guasti, parts of Pomona and Unincorporated area of Mt. Baldy, Chino and Chino Hills

Joshua Tree District:

Effective May 6, 2013, All Small Claims matters from Joshua Tree and the Needles District will be filed and heard in Joshua Tree district.


Joshua Tree District serviced areas: Town of Yucca Valley, City of Twentynine Palms, Unincorporated Areas – Morongo Valley, Landers, Pioneertown.

Needles District serviced areas: Needles, Havasu Landing, Big River, Essex, Goffs, Earp, Parker Dam, Vidal Junction, Everything East of Kelbaker Road and South of Nipton on I-40

Rancho Cucamonga District:

Effective June 02, 2014 All Small Claims filings from the Rancho Cucamonga district will be filed and heard in the Fontana District


Serviced areas: Cities – Montclair, Ontario, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Alta Loma, Cucamonga, Etiwanda, Guasti, parts of Pomona and Unincorporated area of Mt. Baldy, Chino and Chino Hills

San Bernardino Civil Division:

Effective May 6, 2013. All Small Claims matters will be filed and heard in the Fontana District.
*Previously Serviced areas: Cities of San Bernardino, Colton, Grand Terrace, Loma Linda, Bryn Mawr, Highland, Yucaipa, Redlands, Green Valley Lake, Skyforest, Crestline, Valley of Enchantment, Twin Peaks, Blue Jay, Lake Arrowhead, Arrowbear, Rim Forest, Running Springs, Cedar Glen, Cedar Pines Park, Crestforest, Lake Gregory, Areas of Lake Silverwood, Snow Valley.

Victorville District

Big Bear serviced areas: Big Bear Lake, Big Bear City, North of Snow Valley on HWY 330, Fawnskin, Erwin Lake, Baldwin Lake, Sugarloaf, Lake Williams, Moonridge.

Victorville serviced areas: Victorville, Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia and Unincorporated areas of El Mirage, Helendale, Lucerne Valley, Oro Grande, Phelan, Pinon Hills, Oak Hills, Wrightwood, San Bernardino County area of Mt. High.

IMPORTANT: WE OFFER ELECTRONIC FILING IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY ONLY AT THIS TIME.

FOR OTHER COUNTIES: YOUR FORMS WILL NOT BE FILED WITH THE COURT AT THIS TIME. YOU WILL NEED TO PRINT YOUR COMPLETED COURT FORMS AND FILE THEM DIRECTLY WITH THE COURT. COURT FILING FEES MAY APPLY AND ARE SEPARATE FROM TURBOCOURT SERVICE FEES.

Following is a description of the services:

* Electronic Filing - documents are generated based on responses to a set of questions and the documents are electronically signed and delivered to the court upon payment of an application fee and the court filing fees.

* Print - documents are generated based on responses to a set of questions and the filer is required to print, sign, and deliver the documents to the court.  An application fee is charged for the creation of the documents.  The court filing fees are paid at the court.

What Is Small Claims Court?

Small claims court is a special court where disputes are resolved quickly and inexpensively. In small claims court the rules are simplified and the hearing is informal. The person who files the claim is called the plaintiff. The person who the claim is filed against is called the defendant. While you may ask a lawyer for advice before you go to small claims court, a lawyer cannot represent you in court.

The plaintiff has the right to appeal a disfavorable defendant's claim but has no right to appeal the small claims judgment. The defendant has a right to appeal. If the defendant files an appeal, each party may be represented by a lawyer at the appeal hearing. More information on appeals is found under the Post-Judgment Proceedings heading.  

For "natural persons" and Individual DBAs (doing business as), your claim cannot be for more than $10,000.00.  For all others, your claim cannot be for more than $5,000.00.  "Natural persons" include individuals and minors.  If you are any other type of business, organization or government entity, then the limit is $5,000.00.  If there are multiple plaintiffs and any of the plaintiffs is not a "natural person" or an Individual DBA, then the limit is $5,000.00.

If you have a claim for more than the dollar limit allowed, you may file your action in the Civil Division of the Superior Court.  Also, you may waive your right to any amount over the limit and file the matter in Small Claims.  You cannot, however, file more than two small claims cases anywhere in California for more than $2,500.00 during a calendar year.



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