Bay Area Justicecorps Small Claims 2013-2014

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This Assessment Test is given at the beginning and end of your JusticeCorps experience to evaluate your level of knowledge in the area of Small Claims Court. The purpose of the Assessment Test is to see if your level of knowledge and understanding has improved through participation in the program. It is only for statistical purposes. This test will have no effect on your education award.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What should a litigant do before filing a small claims case against another individual?
    • A. 

      Ask for the money owed in person, by phone, or in writing

    • B. 

      Ask for the money owed by a formal letter only

    • C. 

      Get an attorney to ask for the money owed

    • D. 

      Nothing; a litigant can just file

  • 2. 
    What is the most an individual can sue for in a small claims court?
    • A. 

      $5,000

    • B. 

      $10,000

    • C. 

      $7,500

    • D. 

      $15,000

  • 3. 
    What is the most a business can sue for in a small claims court?
    • A. 

      $5,000

    • B. 

      $10,000

    • C. 

      $15,000

    • D. 

      $7,500

  • 4. 
    Which form is used to initiate a small claims case?
    • A. 

      SC-200

    • B. 

      SC-100

    • C. 

      SR-300

    • D. 

      SR-100

  • 5. 
    What determines the court location where a small claims case is tried?
    • A. 

      The courthouse nearest to where the defendant lives or works

    • B. 

      Where the contract was signed or action performed

    • C. 

      Where the accident took place

    • D. 

      Any of the above

  • 6. 
    What are examples of types of cases that may be heard in small claims court?
    • A. 

      Landlord/tenant (non-eviction)

    • B. 

      Car accident

    • C. 

      Bad check

    • D. 

      Child support

    • E. 

      A, B, and C only

  • 7. 
    How does a litigant name a defendant in a small claims case?
    • A. 

      John S. Doe

    • B. 

      Sally Smith, individually and dba Continental Candies, and Continental Candies, a proprietorship

    • C. 

      Sam Jones, driver, and Betty Smith, owner

    • D. 

      Any of the above

  • 8. 
    How does a litigant notify a defendant of a hearing date?  What ways listed below are acceptable notification procedures?
    • A. 

      By having someone over the age of 18 who is not involved in the case personally hand the defendant the court papers

    • B. 

      Defendant receives notice by certified mail (through the court only)

    • C. 

      By having the Sheriff personally hand the defendant the court papers

    • D. 

      By having a Registered processor personally hand the defendant the court papers

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 9. 
    In Small Claims defendants must be served in California, except:
    • A. 

      If the case involves a car accident where the owner or operator of the motor vehicle involved in the accident is an out-of-state resident

    • B. 

      If the case involves an internet transaction with an out-of-state defendant

    • C. 

      If your complaint involves real property (located in CA) owned by a defendant who lives outside of CA

    • D. 

      A or C only

  • 10. 
     How many days before the trial date does the defendant have to be personally served?
    • A. 

      15 days in County and 20 days out of County

    • B. 

      5 days in County and 10 days out of County

    • C. 

      14 days in County and 30 days out of County

  • 11. 
    When can attorneys represent litigants in small claims court?
    • A. 

      Only on an appeal

    • B. 

      Only if the judge allows it

    • C. 

      Attorneys can never represent litigants in Small Claims Court

    • D. 

      Attorneys can always represent litigants in Small Claims Court

  • 12. 
    How does one get a witness to come to court and testify?
    • A. 

      Ask for a witness to come testify

    • B. 

      Subpoena a witness to come and testify

    • C. 

      All of the above

  • 13. 
    If a defendant is sued in the wrong court, what can he/she do?
    • A. 

      Challenge the court venue by writing a letter to the court

    • B. 

      Nothing - the defendant must attend the hearing in the original court

    • C. 

      File a counter-complaint in the correct court

    • D. 

      Not show up to the hearing because it is in the wrong court

  • 14. 
    If a defendant is an individual who wants to counter-sue a plaintiff in small claims court for $10,000 what can he/she do?
    • A. 

      The defendant can sue for the maximum amount and forgo the difference

    • B. 

      The defendant can take it to a higher court

    • C. 

      Defendants cannot counter sue

    • D. 

      A and B only

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 15. 
     If a defendant cannot attend a court date, what can he/she do?
    • A. 

      File an SC-150 Request to Postpone Trial at least 10 days before the court date

    • B. 

      File an SC-110 and request for the hearing to be rescheduled at least 10 days before the court date

    • C. 

      Write a letter to the court explaining why you need to change your court date at least 10 days before the court date

    • D. 

      A and C only

  • 16. 
    If a defendant misses his/her trial date, what can he/she do?
    • A. 

      File an SC-135 Motion to Vacate Judgment

    • B. 

      File an SC-140 Notice of Appeal

    • C. 

      File an SC-150 to request to reschedule the trial date

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 17. 
     What can a plaintiff do to collect on a small claims judgment?
    • A. 

      Obtain a bank levy

    • B. 

      Do a till tap or a wage garnishment

    • C. 

      Keeper Levy, Auto Levy and/or Record an Abstract of Judgment

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 18. 
    If a plaintiff wins a small claims case and wants to collect on a judgment, what can he/she do?
    • A. 

      Get the debtor to pay them voluntarily

    • B. 

      Collect directly from the debtor's wages, if the debtor is employed

    • C. 

      Ask a lawyer or collection agency for help

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 19. 
    How many years does a plaintiff have to collect on small claims judgment?
    • A. 

      10 years and it can be renewed for an additional 10 years

    • B. 

      5 years and it can be renewed for an additional 5 years

    • C. 

      2 years and it can be renewed for an additional year

    • D. 

      1 year and it cannot be renewed

  • 20. 
    For cases in which the defendant did not file a counter-claim, can a plaintiff appeal a small claims court judgment?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 21. 
    Can a collection agency file a small claims court action?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No