Monday, July 11, 2011
Governor Brown just signed a bill increasing small claims jurisdiction so it can entertain cases worth as much as $10,000.00. The jurisdictional limit was previously $7,500.00. The bill received bipartisan support and will enable people to seek relief from the courts on matters that may be cost prohibitive to retain an attorney on. Attorneys can represent litigants in court on a small claims appeal or to try and collect a small claims judgment that the defendant doesn't voluntarily pay. Of course, an attorney can certainly be consulted for initial advice on whether a small claims action would be advisable and what the procedures are.