Californians - Small Claims Court Maximum Demand Amount Upped to 10K

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Californians - Small Claims Court Maximum Demand Amount Upped to 10K
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This could be good news, or bad, depending which side you’re on. The maximum demand amount has changed from $7,500 to $10,000.

Small claims court maximum demand increased to $10,000 under the California Code of Civil Procedures § 116.221 & 116.224 and added by S.B. 221

This bill was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown and the new increase will become effective January 1, 2012 until January 1, 2015, with further changes. Until January 1, 2012, the maximum amount is $7,500.

Visit the Riverside County California small claims self-help center, for additional information on filing a claim in small claims court.

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Jean Hanley
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Thanks for sharing this little tidbit Pamela, I was not aware of it.  It could be a good thing to know about this, with some of the situations we sometimes get into.

Aug 20, 2011 06:33 PM #1
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Lenn Harley
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That's an improvement. 

Virginia District Court is good up to $15,000.  However, Maryland District Court is only $5000.

 

Aug 20, 2011 06:48 PM #2
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Pamela Seley, REALTOR®
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Jean, isn't that the truth? You're welcome.

Lenn, it was only $5000 back in the 90's. It was a big deal when it moved up to $7500. I've heard Superior Court cases are back-logged up to 3 years, so I'm sure this change will help.

Aug 20, 2011 11:10 PM #3
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Personally, our society needs no excuses to sue. Too many frivolous lawsuits. UGG!
Aug 21, 2011 10:14 AM #4
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Hi Pamela - in BC, the maximum claim is $25,000.  I agree with Joni - that provides far too much enticement for spurious lawsuits!

Aug 21, 2011 12:25 PM #5
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Pamela Seley, REALTOR®
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Joni, I think small claims court fulfills a need. People have somewhere to go that doesn't require a lawyer. Generally speaking, yes, I agree too many lawsuits, especially California is a lititgious state.

Karen, wow, $25,000. I guess your higher courts don't want to be bothered with the "smaller" stuff. LOL 

Aug 21, 2011 02:07 PM #6
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Dan Edward Phillips
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Good Evening Pamela, this is good news for Humboldt County, California.  In my opinion it could be raised futher.

Aug 22, 2011 12:15 AM #7
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Dan, considering we live in California, I would agree to it could be higher! 

Aug 22, 2011 01:43 AM #8
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Brian and Heather Halliday
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Pamela,

Wow I didn't know that.  I'm so behind that I thought it was still $5,000!  Well hopefully it will help free up the higher courts and not let everyone become even more sue happy! 

Aug 22, 2011 08:40 PM #9
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Pamela Seley, REALTOR®
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Menifee Lakes California Real Estate

Brian and Heather, small claims court fulfills a purpose for the people, so I'm glad they upped the amount. 

Aug 23, 2011 12:06 AM #10
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Michael Jacobs
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Pamela -- this is important news to get out to all Californians --- not sure it will help the backlog in our overcrowded court system but it is a start.  

Aug 23, 2011 01:44 AM #11
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Hi Michael, Not everyone is aware, or will be, but it's could to know if you need to. :)

Aug 23, 2011 02:22 AM #12
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