How to reschedule your small claims court date in California?
If you want to reschedule your court date, you must ask the court for a postponement. Sometimes this is also referred to as "continuance".
How do I file a postponement when it is at least 10 days before my hearing date?
Complete the forms (see left).
- Request to Postpone Trial (Form SC-150)
- Order to Postpone Trial (Form SC-152)
- Proof of Service by Mail (Form SC-112A) - if you choose to mail
- Proof of Service
Notify the Defendant.
You will need to mail or personally give the defendant a copy of the completed Form SC-150.
If you choose to mail, have your server:
- fill out Proof of Service by Mail (Form SC-112A)
- mail a copy of the completed SC-150 and a copy of the filled out but not signed SC-112A to the defendant
- complete and sign the Proof of Service by Mail (Form SC-112A)
File your forms to the courthouse.
Once you have notified the defendant, you can file your paperwork with the courthouse.
You will need to file this forms packet to the court:
- Completed SC-150
- Partially completed SC-152
- Completed SC-112A
- $10 processing fee
You may be able to e-file or fax file your forms. Check your courthouse’s accepted filing method
Wait for the courthouse’s response
If your request to postpone was accepted by the court, they will return to you the court-accepted SC-152 with a new court date. The court will send this notice to all parties involved in the suit. If you did not hear from the court, you should go to court on the scheduled trial date.