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SB 422: Small Claims Court (2005)


SB 422 (2005) raises the jurisdictional limit for cases in small claims court from $5,000 to $7,500 for natural persons (not corporations). The bill also raises the filing fee for cases between $5,000 and $7,500 by $5.00 (to $25), to pay for additional training and availability of small claims court advisors.

In addition, the bill includes improvements related to the nature of claims brought to collect debt; periodic training for judge pro-tems; augments the content and accessibility of small claims court advisory services; as well as adding a set of findings describing the additional problems that should be solved before any subsequent increase in small claims court jurisdiction is undertaken. 

Final Status and Text

SB 422 is no longer active.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 422

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

02/14/2011 - SB 221: Small Claims Court Increase

10/11/2005 - Governor Signs Simitian Bill to Expand Access to Justice