The Van Nuys Courthouse East hears cases in civil, small claims, family law and juvenile dependency matters. The Van Nuys Courthouse West hears criminal and traffic cases. Both courthouses are part of the Los Angeles County Superior Court system, according to the court's website.
The small claims court at the East courthouse hears civil cases asking for $10,000 or less in damages. These trials do not include lawyers, juries or rules of evidence, according to the court's website. Juvenile dependency cases include the removal of children from an unsafe home based on a petition by the Department of Children and Family Services, as well as petitions by parents or guardians to regain custody of their children.