The Civil Division handles matters involving a lawsuit 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. Including Unlawful Detainers, Restraining Orders, and Name Changes. Please make your selection from the categories listed below.


Learn more about Alternative Dispute Resolution.



Frequently-asked questions about civil and family law.


Name Change

For more information relating to changing your name.



Restraining Order

A restraining order is an order made by a court to protect a person from physical pain or injury, or from being threatened with pain or injury.


Unlawful Detainer

An unlawful detainer is a lawsuit that a landlord files in court to evict a tenant. If the judge agrees with the landlord, the landlord can ask the Sheriff to physically remove the tenant from the rental unit.



Related Information

Limited Civil

Limited Civil courts hear matters where the dollar amount in dispute or value of the property does not exceed $25,000.

Unlimited Civil

Unlimited Civil courts hear matters that exceed $25,000 including writs of mandate, voter registration, and cases that involve the legality of any tax, impost, assessment, toll, or municipal fine.

Tentative Rulings

Please view tentative rulings under Online Services.