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Forms to Start a Small Claims Case

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Choose the form you need below. You can either download and print the file, or fill it out on your computer, then print it out. These forms will open in a new window.  When you have printed out each form, please close that window and continue on this site.

NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Small Claims Advisor Opens new window or a lawyer. 

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Forms to Start a Small Claims Case in Court:

  • Plaintiff's Claim and ORDER to Go to Small Claims Court (Form SC-100) Opens new window
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  • Other Plaintiffs or Defendants (Small Claims) (Form SC-100A) Opens new window
  • Defendant's Claim and ORDER to Go to Small Claims Court (Form SC-120) Opens new window
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  • Other Plaintiffs or Defendants (Small Claims) (Form SC-120A) Opens new window
  • Proof of Service (SC-104) Opens new window
  • Proof of Mailing (Substituted Service) (SC-104A) Opens new window


You may also need to fill out other forms:

Parents filing a case for their child must also fill out an:

  • Application and Order for Guardian ad Litem (Form CIV-010) Opens new window

An attorney or client in a fee dispute must fill out an:

  • Attorney Fee Dispute (Form SC-101) Opens new window

Businesses must fill out a:

  • Fictitious Business Name (/Form SC-103) Opens new window

And, where there is a special relationship, or a corporation, LLC or parthership is involved, a person wanting to appear in court for either the plaintiff or defendant must ask the court to allow them to do so by filling out an:

  • Authorization to Appear on Behalf of Party (Form SC-109) Opens new window
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