Small claims is for monetary disputes that involve money lost for which you are willing to accept a maximum compensation of $10,000.00 as of January 1, 2012. California Code of Civil Procedure Sec. 116.221. Businesses may sue for up to $5,000.00.
What about Attorneys? Attorneys are not allowed to represent parties in small claims court. However, attorneys are allowed and often hired to represent parties in a small claims appeal.
Small Claims Appeal
What are my rights to appeal a small claims decision?
If you disagree with the decision made by a small claims court judge you may appeal for a review of his/her decision. This time you may and probably should hire an attorney to represent you. Our firm represents parties in proceedings for a small claims appeal.