Small Claims Court: A Guide to Its Practical Use

Small Claims Court: A Guide to Its Practical Use

Frequently asked questions for California residents

Individuals suffering from drifting secondhand smoke or vapor who find themselves unable to settle the dispute through mediation or other means may, as a last resort, want to take the matter to small claims court.

The California Department of Consumer Affairs developed this handbook to help answer questions about the process of resolving a dispute through small claims court, including whether or not to file a case and how to navigate the process. You may also find our California Legal & Dispute Resolution Referral Resources of use in finding resources in your county. We cannot provide legal advice or enter into attorney-client relationships. If you are seeking legal advice, please obtain private counsel.

Please note, this resource is not produced by ChangeLab Solutions and is maintained separately by the State of California.