Colusa County Superior Court
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Colusa County Superior Court is a city courthouse serving the residents of Colusa County, California. It is located within the court of appeal in the third district, and the appeal from the eastern state district goes to the ninth circuit United State Court of appeal. The courthouse was established with a two-storey wooden building in 1854, then a new building was built in 1861 and is still in use. It has jurisdiction over the criminal, civil, family, appeal, small claims, juvenile, traffic, and vehicle matters. They provide online services like online payment, calendar, forms, fines, jury status and many more, so it is optional to go to court for these services. This court also provides self-help for a different division. Proper dressing is required during the court session. Two superior courts are located in this county that are:
- COLUSA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT – MAIN COURTHOUSE DEPT.1
- COLUSA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT – COURTHOUSE ANNEX DEPT.2
How to search for case information?
Colusa County Superior Court Case Search can be found online using different court websites. The court maintained all the case records in the file or database. The case search can be done in the following ways:
- Searching by case number
- Searching by first and last name
- Searching by citation or ticket number
After you enter any search information, it will come if it is available and is not confidential and sealed. If the case is personal and sealed, then you have to go to the court and request record access by following a complete procedure for requesting judicial records and then the court will decide whether to provide that case information or not. Fees for the copies per page for records are mandatory, and you had to pay when coming to the court.
How to find out case dockets?
Colusa County Superior Court dockets for cases can be found online using the portal https://portal.colusa.courts.ca.gov/Portal/, but the portal is currently unavailable. You can now see the calendar for your case by the case type and the attorney name; they are available on the website, and the time for a hearing is given against each case. The confidential cases are unavailable; you had to contact the court for that type of case schedule.
How to make a payment?
Colusa County Superior Court payment can be made in the following ways:
A person can pay tickets and fines by visiting the hall of justice during regular court hours and paying in cash, checks, US funds, or a card at the court payment office. Take your ticket and case number with you when you come for payment. 2% surcharges will be applied if you make payment with a credit card.
Online payments can be made using the court online portal https://www.ncourt.com/x-press/x-onlinepayments.aspx?juris=1DDB2A59-2DB4-4E6D-B197-B425E18B1421. Look for the case by entering case, docket or citation. Your case with the fine will come, and you can pay online. Convenience fees will be applied using this method.
A Person can send a certified check or money order to the court’s mailing address; 547 Market St, Colusa, CA 95932, United States. Cash or personal checks are not acceptable in the mail; only certified checks or money orders are accepted. Remember to write your citation, name, case number, and account number when you send the payment, and mail the amount in a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want a receipt. Please attach the courtesy notice to the envelope if paying for a traffic ticket.
How can I file a small claim case?
Colusa County Small Claim Court handles all matters in which the claim is up to $10,000 for a person and $5000 for a business. It is a special court where matters are resolved quickly and with less cost. The rules are very simple. You can consult an attorney or lawyer but not take them to the court during the case hearing. You can file a small claim case by filling out the forms available online and in the clerk’s office. Type your and the defendant’s personal information, the reason and the amount you are claiming and send it to the court. You can contact the small claim advisor if you need help or assistance. The court will recommend that both parties attend a mediation session on the day of the hearing so your case can end with a successful resolution. You can see the fee schedule of the small claim case at https://www.colusa.courts.ca.gov/system/files/notice-civil-fee-changes-112020.pdf.
The family law division handles which types of cases?
Colusa County family law division handles issues that are related to family matters. These family issues include:
- Divorce, legal separation and nullity
- Child custody, visitation and support or support action
- Family or spousal support
- Domestic violence issue
What is the role of a family law facilitator?
Colusa County family law facilitators are like an attorney for someone who cannot afford an attorney or lawyer for their case. Their mission is to help the self-represented litigants’ families have a better understanding of family law procedure and increase access to the family law court. The facilitator’s office will assist in child custody matters in case of the parent’s divorce, but they cannot give legal advice. They can consult with both parents for a discussion but cannot come during the hearing.
How many types of juvenile cases are handled by this court?
Colusa County juvenile court handles the cases in which a minor is involved. Two types of cases are taken that are:
· Juvenile delinquency cases:
It includes cases in which a juvenile violates the rules and is charged with violating the law, and it is considered a crime if an adult commits it.
· Juvenile dependency cases:
It involves a case in which the juvenile is neglected or abused. The child’s further responsibility and placement will be given to the child protective service.
Juvenile cases are confidential, and the data is only provided to the person involved, like the parents, attorney and lawyer. The appearance in the court is mandatory in this case, and the parents or legal guardian must come with the juvenile during the hearing.
The traffic court handles which types of cases?
Colusa County traffic court handles adult and juvenile traffic and vehicle violations that include speeding, driving without or with an expired license, driving while you have drugs, accidents etc. The court will mail you a courtesy notice on the citation address after you receive a traffic or infraction ticket. That notice will tell you detailed information on the citation number, schedule, violation you had done, bail amount, eligibility for traffic violation school etc. If your citation includes a court appearance, then appearing in the court on the schedule is mandatory. Many options for resolving traffic tickets if a court appearance is not required are:
- Sign up for the traffic school if your case is eligible. After completing it, your traffic infraction records will be removed.
- Pay the total amount of the fine on time.
- Show proof of correction if the case is related to insurance, no vehicle registration, or any moving violation, and pay a reduced fine with the correction fees.
- Ask the court to reduce or vacate the civil assessment by writing a review of your circumstances.
- Contest the violation by requesting a trial by sending a plea of not guilty. Two types of trials are available: written declaration trials and trials by the court.
You had to respond with a solution before the deadline. Contact the clerk’s office if you are still waiting to receive any mail for courtesy notice.
How many types of cases are heard by the civil division?
Colusa County civil court handles civil matters. Three types of cases are heard and solved that are:
· Limited Civil:
It involves a civil dispute or matter that requires money less than $2500.
· Unlimited Civil:
It involves a civil dispute or money of more than $2500.
· Unlawful Detainer:
It is a civil proceeding in which the property owner obtains possession from the occupants and brings them to court.
Can I appeal against my case result?
You can appeal against your case result by following the division procedure where your case is filled.
How can I access the legal form if I cannot attend the self-help center?
If you cannot come to the self-help center, you can access the legal form online at https://www.courts.ca.gov/forms.htm.
What happens if I fail to appear or pay on time?
If you fail to appear or do not pay the fine on time, further conviction and fine will be imposed on you, your driving license and insurance will be suspended, and a $100 civil penalty will be imposed on you.
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