Superior Court of California - County of Orange

How do I File a Civil Case?

Please Note

How do I file a Civil case?

The following is required to file a civil complaint:

  1. Civil Case Cover Sheet (Form #CM-010)
  2. Original Complaint
  3. Summons (If complaint is for Unlawful Detainer, a summons is required to be issued at time of filing complaint.)
  4. Filing Fee
  5. For limited civil cases include the demand amount below the case number and type of action as follows: “Amount demanded exceeds $10,000” or "Amount demanded does not exceed $10,000."

Forms are available on-line. If there is no pre-printed form, the papers presented for filing must comply with California Rules of Court, Rule 2.100, et al.

For more information, see Tips for Filing in Civil Court (Form #L-1020).

The complaint must be filed in the proper court. The following Venue Table contains a list of the Justice Centers and the cities they serve:

Venue for Limited Civil Filings/Civil Harassment/Parking Citation Appeals

If the amount you are suing for is $25,000 or under, and the person or company sued lives in, does business in, or the incident took place in these locations: File your complaint at the following Justice Center:
Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin, and Villa Park Central Justice Center
Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano Harbor Justice Center - Laguna Hills
Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra, La Palma, Placentia, and Yorba Linda North Justice Center
Cypress, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Stanton, and Westminster West Justice Center

Venue for Unlimited Civil Filings*

If the amount you are suing for is over $25,000 and the person or company sued lives in, does business in, or the incident took place in any location within Orange County Central Justice Center

*including writs of mandate, voter registration, and cases that involve the legality of any tax, impost, assessment, toll, or municipal fine.

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