Small Claims Local Resources

Small Claims Advisory

(805)781-5856 ext 39am-12

Cost: FreeAssist in completing small claims forms, answer procedural questions

and provides referrals to legal resources and publications.


California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA)                               

(805)544-7994             Closed Wed. 1pm- 5pm                  Cost: Free

Tenant/Landlord workshops and attorneys available. Help with

Housing, Labor & Employment, Evictions. No assist with Family

Law, Criminal Law or debt collection.


San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance (must be 60+yrs)   

(805)543-5140                                                                       Cost: Free

-Senior Legal Services Project -Government Benefits Program

-Veterans Assistance Programs


San Luis Obispo County Law Library                              

(805)781-5855             Monday-Friday 9am-4pm


Creative Mediation Services:

Offers alternative dispute resolution through mediation. Mediation is not mandatory but is available to both parties at no cost after the filing of the Small Claims suit. For more information call

(805)549-0442 or visit their website at

If you are a student at Cal Poly State University or Cuesta Community College, you may have an attorney available to you for consultation through your schools. Contact your school for more information.


Local Process Serving:

SLO Sheriff Civil Division 2nd floor of the courthouse. Call 805-781-5484

Private Process Servers-Call the Small Claims Advisor or search the internet in the county nearest the person you want served for costs and details. Great for night and weekend service.



Available to read online through the DCA website at . Search:

1)The Small Claims court, A guide to its practical use

2)California Tenants, A Guide to Residential Tenants and Landlords Rights and Responsibilities. For purchase through Nolo at

3)Everybody’s Guide to Small Claims Court in California 20th Edition

4) Neighbor Law 9th Edition