All small claims court cases within San Mateo County must be filed at the consolidated small claims clerk’s office located at:Hall of Justice, Room A 400 County Center Redwood City, CA 94063
The hearing is then conducted at one of the three branch locations (see below) based on the correct venue.
San Mateo County Small Claims Court Advisor
San Mateo County Superior Court offers a small claims advisor to assist with your small claims court case. The advisor is available the first Wednesday evening of each month from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. and Thursdays of following weeks (not the first Thursday) from 2:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.
A sign-up sheet for the advisor is available for registration one hour prior to the start of the session. The sheet is located at the security station in the lobby. This service is limited to the first twelve people that sign up.
The advisor is Attorney Allan Capeloto and will provide you with a ten minute consultation regarding your case along with written materials and information to assist you during the process.
San Mateo Small Claims Court Locations
San Mateo County small claims court cases are heard in three different locations in San Mateo County based on the geographical area the case originates.
Central Branch Small Claims Court
The Central Branch hears cases from the following areas of San Mateo County: Belmont, Burlingame, El Granada, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Millbrae, Miramar, Montara, Moss Beach, San Mateo and adjoining unincorporated areas and the S.F. International Airport. The Northern Branch is located at:800 N. Humboldt San Mateo, CA 94401
The telephone number for the Central Branch location is (650) 363-4303. The Northern Branch’s court hearings for small claims court cases are Monday at 1:30 P.M. and Friday at 9:00 A.M. Night Court is also held here on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 P.M.
Northern Branch Small Claims Court
The Northern Branch hears cases from the following areas: Brisbane, Daly City (including Westlake), Pacifica, San Bruno, So. San Francisco, the northern coastal towns and all unincorporated areas in the northern end of the county, including Colma and Broadmoor. The Northern Branch is located at:1050 Mission Road South San Francisco, CA 94080
The telephone number for the small claims court division is (650) 363-4303. Court hearings at this location are Mondays and Tuesdays at 1:30 P.M.
Southern Branch (Annex) Small Claims Court
The Southern Branch (Annex) hears cases from the following areas: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, Woodside, East Palo Alto, and all unincorporated areas including La Honda and the southern coastal area south of Tunitas Creek Road, which includes Pescadero and San Gregorio. The Southern Branch court is located at:500 County Center Redwood City, CA 94063
The telephone number for the Southern Branch is (650) 363-4303. Court hearings are on Mondays and Fridays at 9:00 A.M.