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Consumers Rejoice! Small Claims Court Limits Are Raised

Posted by Renée Yvonne Gardner | Jan 08, 2024

As of January 1, 2024, an individual may sue for up to $12,500 in any California Small Claims Court.  This is because Senate Bill 71 passed in California. It updates California Code of Civil Procedure § 116.220.

The higher small claims court limit is wonderful news for consumers, because it increases the previous $10,000 limit by $2,500. Despite the cost of living's continual climb, the court has not kept up. This is actually the first increase to the small claims court limit in more than a decade.

This new limit allows consumers to bring much higher value claims to the small claims court. Note that the current $12,500 limit includes money damage claims brought by natural persons. Claims by businesses are subject to lower limits.

I am a consumer attorney and a longtime member of the Consumer Attorneys of California. If you have a dispute with a California business or individual, and it involves an amount in dispute of $12,500 or less, I am here to help you. Please visit my Consultations page, pay the consultation fee and then fill out the Contact form. Anywhere in California, my affordable, accessible, streamlined, and 100% remote small claims court assistance is just a click away!

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Renée Yvonne Gardner

Gardner Law's attorney Renée Yvonne Gardner represents auto accident wrongful death cases, serious personal injuries from auto accidents, slip and falls and dog bites, and assists consumers with disputes (small claims court assistance $12,500 or less claims for goods or services).

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