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SB 221: Small Claims Court Increase (2011)


SB 221 aims to raise the jurisdictional limit for Small Claims Court from $7,500 to $10,000. The limit was last raised in 2006 with SB 422 (Simitian). Research indicates that lawyers rarely take a case worth less than $25,000.  Therefore, individuals with cases falling between $7,500 and $25,000 are left oft times without an opportunity to seek relief.

After the bill passed the Legislature, Senator Simitian sent a letter to the Governor urging his signature.

Final Status and Text

SB 221 is no longer active. Its final status was:
Signed into Law

You can read its final text on the Legislature's Bill Information site.

News & Press Releases about SB 221

04/15/2012 - Op-ed: New law expands opportunity for justice

12/27/2011 - Simitian Bills Become Law on January 1

07/08/2011 - Simitian Bill To Expand Access To Small Claims Court Signed By Governor

06/27/2011 - Simitian Bill To Expand Access To Small Claims Court Sent To Governor For Approval

05/31/2011 - Senate Passes Simitian Bill to Expand Access to Small Claims Court