Form SC-120 "Defendants Claim and Order to Go to Small Claims Court" - California

What Is Form SC-120?

This is a legal form that was released by the California Superior Court - a government authority operating within California. As of today, no separate filing guidelines for the form are provided by the issuing department.

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  • Released on January 1, 2011;
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Defendant’s Claim and ORDER
Clerk stamps date here when form is filed.
SC-120
to Go to Small Claims Court
To keep other people from
seeing what you entered on
Notice to the person being sued:
your form, please press the
You are being sued by the person you are suing.
Clear This Form button at the
You must go to court on the trial date listed below. If you do not go to court,
end of the form when finished.
you may lose the case.
If you lose, the court can order that your wages, money, or property be
taken to pay this claim.
Bring witnesses, receipts, and any evidence you need to prove your case.
Fill in court name and street address:
Read this form and all pages attached, to understand the claim against
Superior Court of California, County of
you and to protect your rights.
Aviso al demandado:
La persona que ha demandado lo está demandando a usted.
Tiene que presentarse a la corte en la fecha de su juicio indicada a
continuación. Si no se presenta, puede perder el caso.
Fill in case number and case name:
Si pierde el caso la corte puede ordenar que le quiten de su sueldo, dinero u
Case Number:
otros bienes para pagar este reclamo.
Lleve testigos, recibos y cualquier otra prueba que necesite para probar
Case Name:
su caso.
Lea este formulario y todas las páginas adjuntas, para entender la demanda
en su contra y para proteger sus derechos.
Order to Go to Court
The people in
and
must go to court:
1
2
(Clerk fills out section below.)
Date
Time
Department
Name and address of court if different from above
Trial
Date
1.
2.
3.
Date:
Clerk, by
, Deputy
Instructions for the person suing:
Before you fill out this form, read Form SC-100-INFO, Information for the Plaintiff , to know your rights. Get
SC-100-INFO at any courthouse or county law library, or go to: www.courtinfo.ca.gov/forms
Fill out pages 2 and 3 of this form. Then make copies of all pages of this form. (Make 1 copy for each party named in
this case and an extra copy for yourself.) Take or mail the original and these copies to the court clerk’s office and pay
the filing fee. The clerk will write the date of your trial in the box above.
You must have someone at least 18—not you or anyone else listed in this case—give each Plaintiff a court-stamped
copy of all 3 pages of this form and any pages this form tells you to attach. There are special rules for “serving,” or
delivering, this form to public entities, associations, and some businesses. See Forms SC-104, SC-104B, and
SC-104C.
Go to court on your trial date listed above. Bring witnesses, receipts, and any evidence you need to prove your case.
Defendant’s Claim and ORDER to Go to
SC-120,
Page 1 of 3
Judicial Council of California, www.courts.ca.gov
Revised January 1, 2011, Mandatory Form
Small Claims Court
Code of Civil Procedure, § 116.110 et seq.
(Small Claims)
Defendant’s Claim and ORDER
Clerk stamps date here when form is filed.
SC-120
to Go to Small Claims Court
To keep other people from
seeing what you entered on
Notice to the person being sued:
your form, please press the
You are being sued by the person you are suing.
Clear This Form button at the
You must go to court on the trial date listed below. If you do not go to court,
end of the form when finished.
you may lose the case.
If you lose, the court can order that your wages, money, or property be
taken to pay this claim.
Bring witnesses, receipts, and any evidence you need to prove your case.
Fill in court name and street address:
Read this form and all pages attached, to understand the claim against
Superior Court of California, County of
you and to protect your rights.
Aviso al demandado:
La persona que ha demandado lo está demandando a usted.
Tiene que presentarse a la corte en la fecha de su juicio indicada a
continuación. Si no se presenta, puede perder el caso.
Fill in case number and case name:
Si pierde el caso la corte puede ordenar que le quiten de su sueldo, dinero u
Case Number:
otros bienes para pagar este reclamo.
Lleve testigos, recibos y cualquier otra prueba que necesite para probar
Case Name:
su caso.
Lea este formulario y todas las páginas adjuntas, para entender la demanda
en su contra y para proteger sus derechos.
Order to Go to Court
The people in
and
must go to court:
1
2
(Clerk fills out section below.)
Date
Time
Department
Name and address of court if different from above
Trial
Date
1.
2.
3.
Date:
Clerk, by
, Deputy
Instructions for the person suing:
Before you fill out this form, read Form SC-100-INFO, Information for the Plaintiff , to know your rights. Get
SC-100-INFO at any courthouse or county law library, or go to: www.courtinfo.ca.gov/forms
Fill out pages 2 and 3 of this form. Then make copies of all pages of this form. (Make 1 copy for each party named in
this case and an extra copy for yourself.) Take or mail the original and these copies to the court clerk’s office and pay
the filing fee. The clerk will write the date of your trial in the box above.
You must have someone at least 18—not you or anyone else listed in this case—give each Plaintiff a court-stamped
copy of all 3 pages of this form and any pages this form tells you to attach. There are special rules for “serving,” or
delivering, this form to public entities, associations, and some businesses. See Forms SC-104, SC-104B, and
SC-104C.
Go to court on your trial date listed above. Bring witnesses, receipts, and any evidence you need to prove your case.
Defendant’s Claim and ORDER to Go to
SC-120,
Page 1 of 3
Judicial Council of California, www.courts.ca.gov
Revised January 1, 2011, Mandatory Form
Small Claims Court
Code of Civil Procedure, § 116.110 et seq.
(Small Claims)
Case Number:
Defendant (list names):
1
The Plaintiff (the person, business, or public entity that sued first) is:
Name:
Phone: (
)
Street address:
Street
City
State
Zip
Mailing address (if different):
Street
City
State
Zip
If more than one Plaintiff, list next Plaintiff here:
Name:
Phone: (
)
Street address:
Street
City
State
Zip
Mailing address (if different):
Street
City
State
Zip
Check here if more than 2 Plaintiffs and attach Form SC-120A.
Check here if any Plaintiff is on active military duty and write his or her name here:
2
The Defendant (the person, business, or public entity suing now) is:
Name:
Phone: (
)
Street address:
Street
City
State
Zip
Mailing address (if different):
Street
City
State
Zip
If more than one Defendant, list next Defendant here:
Name:
Phone: (
)
Street address:
Street
City
State
Zip
Mailing address
(if different):
Street
City
State
Zip
Check here if more than 2 Defendants and attach Form SC-120A.
Check here if either Defendant listed above is doing business under a fictitious name. If so, attach Form SC-103.
3
The Defendant claims the Plaintiff owes $
.
(Explain below):
a. Why does the Plaintiff owe the Defendant money?
b. When did this happen? (Date):
If no specific date, give the time period: Date started:
Through:
c. How did you calculate the money owed to you? (Do not include court costs or fees for service.)
Check here if you need more space. Attach one sheet of paper or Form MC-031 and write “SC-120, Item 3”
at the top.
Defendant’s Claim and ORDER to Go to
SC-120,
Page 2 of 3
Revised January 1, 2011
Small Claims Court
(Small Claims)
Case Number:
Defendant (list names):
4
You may ask the Plaintiff (in person, in writing, or by phone) to pay you before you sue.
Have you done this?
Yes
No
Is your claim about an attorney-client fee dispute?
5
Yes
No
If yes, and if you have had arbitration, fill out Form SC-101, attach it to this form, and check here:
Are you suing a public entity?
6
Yes
No
If yes, you must file a written claim with the public entity first.
A claim was filed on (date):
If the public entity denies your claim or does not answer within the time allowed by law, you can file this form.
Have you filed more than 12 other small claims within the last 12 months in California?
7
Yes
No
If yes, the filing fee for this case will be higher.
8
I understand that by filing a claim in small claims court, I have no right to appeal this claim.
9
If I do not have enough money to pay for filing fees or service, I can ask the court to waive those fees.
10
I have not filed, and understand that I cannot file, more than two small claims cases for more than $2,500 in
California during this calendar year.
I declare, under penalty of perjury under California State law, that the information above and on any attachments to
this form is true and correct.
Date:
Defendant types or prints name here
Defendant signs here
Date:
Second Defendant types or prints name here
Second Defendant signs here
Requests for Accommodations
Assistive listening systems, computer-assisted, real-time captioning, or sign language interpreter
services are available if you ask at least five days before the trial. Contact the clerk’s office or go to
www.courtinfo.ca.gov/forms for Request for Accommodations by Persons With Disabilities and
Response (form MC-410). (Civil Code, § 54.8.)
?
Need help?
Your county’s Small Claims Advisor can help for free.
Or go to “County-Specific Court Information” at:
www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/smallclaims
Defendant’s Claim and ORDER to Go to
SC-120,
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Revised January 1, 2011
Small Claims Court
(Small Claims)
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