The Civil Division handles lawsuits in which one party sues another to recover money or property, to enforce a contract or an obligation, to collect damages for injury or to protect some civil right. They also process unlawful detainers, injunctive orders and name change petitions.
The Criminal Division has jurisdiction over felonies and misdemeanors. Charging documents consist of citations, complaints, information, and Grand Jury indictments.
The Family Law division hears matters involving family-related issues and domestic relations. Family Court Services offers mediation and evaluations for child custody and visitation.
The Juvenile Division handles cases involving juvenile dependency and juvenile delinquency.
The Probate Division handles cases involving estates, trusts, guardianships, and conservatorships. The Court Investigator handles investigations related to guardianships, conservatorships, stepparent adoptions and freedom from parental control.
The Small Claims Division is a special court within the Superior Court where disputes are resolved quickly and inexpensively. These lawsuits do not exceed $10,000.
The Traffic/Infraction Division processes infraction violations of the vehicle code, local ordinance or other law or statute.
Information about jury duty, jury reporting instructions, frequently asked questions, and what you can expect when serving as a juror can be found here.