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Petaluma Small Claims Court records, 1923-1967
SCG.00022  
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Description
This collection contains a large number of volumes that derive from the operations of the Petaluma Small Claims Court in Petaluma, Sonoma County, California
Background
The Petaluma Small Claims Court was a municipal-level court that handled small civil claims. The Petaluma Court came under the jurisdiction of the Sonoma County Municipal Court following court reorganization and consolidation, but continued as a separate court venue. Although state-mandated budget cuts threatened its existence in the early 1990s traffic and parking cases continued to be heard in Petaluma. The Sonoma County Municipal Court was absorbed into the Superior Court following the voter-authorized reorganization in 1998, California Proposition 220.
Extent
30 volumes
Restrictions
Property rights reside with the Sonoma County Library. The Sonoma County Library has made this collection available and believes that the collection is in the Public Domain under the laws of the United States, but a determination was not made as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. The Collection may not be in the Public Domain under the laws of other countries. Preferred credit line is: Courtesy, the Sonoma County Library. Please see additional reproduction and reuse information at
Availability
Materials stored offsite, but collection is open to research. In many cases, further details on individual volumes can be found by calling staff at the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library. To view these materials, please call staff at to request they be brought from the Archives to the Library