What is the test for filing a claim under the California Small Claims Act?

California, United States of America


The following excerpt is from Dilts v. Cantua Elementary School Dist., 189 Cal.App.3d 27, 234 Cal.Rptr. 612 (Cal. App. 1987):

"The filing of a claim is not simply an exercise in paper work or a perfunctory condition precedent to instituting litigation. There must be compliance with the requirements of the statute which will permit the government to make a meaningful decision in allowing or disallowing the claim." (Eaton v. Ventura Port Dist. (1975) 45 Cal.App.3d 862, 867, 119 Cal.Rptr. 746.)

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