Find Santa Barbara County California courts and courthouses, such as federal, state, district, superior, criminal, common, circuit, judicial, judiciary, divorce, appeals, family, traffic, and small claims courts. Courts provide information on legal cases, law documents, case searches, and appeals.
Anacapa Superior Court 1100 Anacapa Street Santa Barbara CA 93101 805-568-2220
Lompoc Superior Court 115 Civic Center Plaza Lompoc CA 93436 805-737-7789
Santa Barbara Superior Court 118 East Figueroa Street Santa Barbara CA 93101 805-568-3959
Santa Maria Superior Court 312 East Cook Street Santa Maria CA 93454 805-614-6590
Solvang Superior Court 1745 Mission Drive Solvang CA 93463 805-686-5040
The process and rules for filing a small claims suit vary from state to state with regard to the dollar limit for small claims, the statute of limitations for filing a claim, and whether you are allowed to be represented by a lawyer. Contact the court that handles small claims in your state for details on the process for filing a claim and to obtain the proper forms.
Filing fees are generally between $30 and $100. In addition to filing fees, other costs may include service fees for serving the complaint to the defendant and collection fees if the court assists in collecting the judgment.
Mediation is an alternative to going before a judge in a suit. Many small claims courts sponsor or make referrals to mediation programs where the plaintiff and defendant meet with a neutral third person to help resolve the dispute without going to court.