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Superior Court of California, County of Santa Cruz

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General Agency Information
Name:Superior Court of California, County of Santa Cruz
Alternate Name(s):Santa Cruz County Superior Court
Address:701 Ocean Street, Room 110
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-420-2200
Email Address:admininfo@santacruzcourt.org
Website:www.santacruzcourt.org
Description:Filing Hours
Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm'

Watsonville Courthouse
1 Second Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831)786-7200

A mail slot is provided for filings after 3pm. Come in the morning and avoid the lines. Items must be received by 5pm.

Phones are answered from Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm.

DIVISIONS:
The Civil Division in Santa Cruz processes all civil matters, including general civil, civil harassment restraining orders, name change applications, probate and unlawful detainer cases.

The Criminal Division has jurisdiction over felonies, misdemeanors, and some infractions.

The Family Law Division of the Santa Cruz Superior Court handles a variety of family-related matters. Some of these case types include; ending a marriage or registered domestic partnership, identifying a child's legal parents, determining custody and visitation issues, establishing or enforcing child and spousal support, dealing with domestic violence issues, adoptions and minor emancipations.

Jury Commissioners Office-see related agency below

The Juvenile Courts handle cases of children under 18 years of age who violate any law, or any children who are abused or neglected.

The Probate Division of the Superior Court handles a wide range of issues involving adults and children including:
Transfers of Property
Powers of Attorney
Trusts
Conservatorships
Guardianships
Minor's Compromises
Establishing the fact of a birth, death, or marriage.

The Small Claims Court is a special court where disputes are resolved inexpensively and quickly.

Traffic Division-paying citation, court dates, traffic school, proof of correction.
Mission:Preserve and protect the rights and ideals of society through the interpretation and enforcement of law. Provide equal access to justice through quality service to the community by judicial officers and court staff. Treat all participants in the judicial system with dignity and respect.
Programs:The Santa Cruz Superior Court offers a free Self Help Center (SHC) to assist self represented customers with a variety of basic legal issues.
Superior Court of California,
County of Santa Cruz
1 Second Street, Room 301
Watsonville
Monday-Thursday
8:30-11:30am and 1-3pm
Closed 3rd Tuesday afternoon of the month and every Friday.
*See related agencies below for more information.*
Languages other than English:Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled:Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Available Within Four Blocks
Eligibility:Public Service
Fees:Call for Information
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Physical Location:Santa Cruz
Funding Source:State Government
 
Related Agencies
Child Agencies:Jury Commissioner's Office
Self Help Center
 
Subject Headings
 Child Custody/Visitation Assistance
Child Support Assistance/Enforcement
Courts
Divorce Assistance
Family Law
Government Agencies
Legal Counseling
Paralegal Counseling
Public Officials/Offices
This record last modified January 17, 2014

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