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Dear Customer, you will be permitted the opportunity to question both the plaintiff and witnesses under the direction of the Court during the hearing on appeal. (Small claims appeals are heard as a "de novo" trial, or new trial, where the judge does not know the outcome of the prior decision.
For more information on the process here are two links that should help.
The first is from the California Court's Website (make sure to read through the "drop downs"): http://www.courts.ca.gov/1072.htm
The second is from the Department of Consumer Affairs (the appeals section is towards the bottom of the publication): http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/small_claims/judgment.shtml
If you choose to retain one, you are permitted to have an attorney represent you in the appeal and assist you in questioning these individuals and presenting your defense. The Court has the discretion to award you limited attorney's fees ($150.00, plus travel expenses, another $150) in the event you are successful in the second hearing.
Another question .... There was not a doctor there to testify too or be cross examined by me. Shouldn't I win that fast. All here say. Just a doctor bill for $1,0000 and $9,000 in emotional distress. All for a 1 hour driving lesson. and 5 phone calls of a 1 min each. ???