How do I change my small claims court date? (California)

Updated: Apr 29



If you were sued in small claims court (defendant), or if you have already filed your claim in small claims court (plaintiff), you will have a date for your court hearing. If you have a good reason you cannot make the date of your hearing, you may file a request to postpone your case.


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In California, if you are 10 or more days away from your hearing date:

  • File a Request to Postpone Trial (SC-150) with the court OR write a letter to the court explaining why you need to change your court date

  • Mail or give a copy of your SC-150/letter to other parties on your claim (they need to be notified that you are requesting a date change)

  • Prepare a $10 filing fee (you may have to pay depending on if and when your claim was served)

You are less than 10 days away from your hearing date:

  • File a Request to Postpone Trial (SC-150) with the court and ask the clerk to attach it to your file OR write a letter to the court explaining why you need to change your court date OR go to your trial and ask the judge for a postponement/continuance

  • Include a good reason as to why you are filing your request so close to the hearing date

  • Mail or give a copy of your SC-150/letter to other parties on your claim (they need to be notified that you are requesting a date change)

  • Pay a $10 filing fee

After you send your postponement request:

  • The court will respond to your request via Order on Request to Postpone Trial (SC-152)

  • If the request is granted, the SC-152 or a similar notice will include a new trial hearing date

  • If the request is denied, the trial hearing will be on the date it is currently scheduled and will explain why it was denied

  • If you do not hear from the court, go to your scheduled hearing date


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