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-- Last revised 11/21/11 --

Jurisdictional Limits for Small Claims and Limited Civil Cases - Study J-1321

    At the direction of the Legislature (Gov't Code § 70219), the Commission and the Judicial Council are jointly reexamining civil procedure in light of trial court unification. The phase of the study now in progress focuses on the jurisdictional limits for small claims cases and limited civil cases.
    A consulting firm hired by the Judicial Council, Policy Studies Inc., conducted empirical research on this point and prepared a background study summarizing its findings. The Commission considered the background study and other information in developing a tentative recommendation, which was circulated for comment. After considering the comments on the tentative recommendation and making efforts to achieve greater consensus, the Commission put the study on hold until the state budget situation improves or other developments suggest that further work would be productive.
    The goal of this study is to finalize a joint proposal with the Judicial Council for introduction in the Legislature. The procedure for this joint study was developed through discussions between Commission staff and attorneys with the Administrative Office of the Courts. The procedure was tested in the study of Unnecessary Procedural Differences Between Limited and Unlimited Civil Cases (Study J-1320).
    If you have questions or comments on this study, please send email to Barbara Gaal at

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Tentative Recommendations and Other Requests for Comment

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Meeting Minutes

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Staff Memoranda

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Background Study

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