Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Can the City Attorney advise citizens in legal matters?

    No. The City Attorney cannot provide legal advice to private citizens. However, the following organizations in Santa Clara County may be helpful to citizens in seeking legal representation and/or answers to general legal questions:

    • Santa Clara County Bar Association
      Lawyer Referral
      (408) 971-6822
      www.sccba.com
    • Project Sentinel
      Landlord/Tenant Mediation
      (408) 720-9888
       
    • Santa Clara County District Attorney
      (408) 299-7400
      www.santaclara-da.org
    • Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
      Civil Court Clerk’s and Calendar Offices
      (408) 882-2100
      www.sccsuperiorcourt.org
    • Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
      Self-Help Center
      (408) 882-2926
      www.scselfservice.org
  • How do I file a claim against the City of Santa Clara?
    Claim forms and instructions are available online and from the City Clerk’s Office, (408) 615-2220, 1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, California 95050. The claim form must be filed with the City Clerk’s Office within six (6) months from the date of the incident. The City Clerk’s Office will forward the claim form to the City Attorney’s Office. All claims are administered by the City Attorney’s Office and the City’s Third Party Administrator.
  • How do I appeal an Administrative Citation?
    Any person disputing an administrative citation may contest the citation by completing a “Request for Hearing Form” and filing the form within thirty (30) days from the date of issuance of the citation at the City Clerk’s Office, 1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, California 95050.

    Appeal forms may be obtained:
    • By calling (408) 615-2220 and asking that a “Request for Hearing Form” be sent to you.
    • In person at the City Clerk’s Office, 1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, California 95050.
  • Where do I file a small claims court action?
    Superior Court
    191 N. First St.
    San Jose, CA 95113
    (408) 882-2100
  • How can I receive a copy of a particular Santa Clara Municipal Code section?
    A copy of a particular section may be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office, 1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, California 95050, (408) 615-2220. The Santa Clara Main Library also maintains a copy of the City Code for review. If you wish to review it online, click http://www.codepublishing.com/ca/santaclara/frameless/.
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