Book Title:

Everybody’s Guide to Small Claims Court in California (Paperback)
by Ralph E. Warner, Linda Allison (Illustrator)

Editorial Reviews:

Los Angeles Times

Warner’s book takes you by the hand through all the potential pitfalls of trying your own case.

Associated Press

Step-by-step advice on how to prepare your case and perhaps most importantly, how to collect if you win.

Orange County Register

A step-by-step guide for making the legal system work for you.

Book Description

The only guide to California Small Claims Court that provides tips by former judges!

The definitive guide to California Small Claims Court for more than 25 years, this plain-English guide gives you step-by-step instructions to bring or defend your case – from preparing evidence and lining up persuasive witnesses, to making a presentation in court and collecting the money you’re awarded.

Everybody’s Guide to Small Claims Court in California shows you how to:

  • decide if you have a winning case
  • mediate a settlement if possible
  • determine how much to sue for
  • write your demand letter
  • file and serve papers
  • prepare evidence and witnesses for court
  • plan a winning courtroom strategy
  • convince the judge that you are right
  • collect your money when you win

The 16th edition – updated with the latest laws and procedures – now features practical tips and insights by former judges of small claims courts. It also shows you how to handle disputes involving Internet transactions.

Go after the money that’s owed you – represent yourself in small claims court and win!

About the Author

Ralph Warner is a co-founder and e-publisher of and one of the pioneers of the self-help law movement. A graduate of Princeton University and the Boalt School of Law (U.C. Berkeley), he is the author of many books and articles aimed at making our legal system more accessible and democratic.