The following is required to file a civil complaint:
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:
|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|
|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.