Monterey County Superior Court
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The Monterey County Superior Court is a city courthouse in the Monterey County, California. It was established in 1855 and then a new courthouse with Colton hall was builds in 1937. The mission is to give justice and serve people in an efficient and well-mannered way. The court has jurisdiction over criminal, small claims and probation matters, as well as juvenile, civil, family, traffic, and vehicle matters. They provide online services like e-files, online payment, forms, online case search, probate notes, court calendars and many more, so it is optional to go to court for these services. Every person must follow local rules in this court. Wearing mask are mandatory for the unvaccinated persons. Their business behavior are according to the Monterey County, CalOSHA and California Department of Health guidelines. They also gives court reporting services in some statutorily-mandated types of cases. Courtroom guide are also available you can take information if you need any help. Four superior court located in this county are:
- MONTEREY COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT – MARINA
- MONTEREY COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT – King city
- MONTEREY COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT – MONTEREY
- MONTEREY COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT – SALINAS
How to search for case information?
Monterey County Superior Court Case Search can be done online using the court online case search portal. All the records are maintained by the court online or in database. The search can be done in the following ways:
- Search by record or case number
- Search by First and Last name
- Search by Business Name
- Search by Party name
After entering the data, the information will display. If the information does not come, then the case records will be confidential and cannot be displayed online. You have to go to the court and give a request for these types of documents, and then the court will decide whether to provide that information to you or not.
How can I make a payment?
Monterey County Superior Court fines and traffic tickets payments can be made in the following ways:
A person can pay for tickets and fines by visiting the court during regular court hours and paying in cash, checks, or with a card at the payment center. Take your ticket when you are coming for payment. 2.5% surcharges will be applied if you make payment with a credit card.
Online traffic tickets or other fines payments can be made using the Superior Court Online Portal. Enter the Ticket/Citation, case, and driving license number. Your case information with the amount of the fine will be displayed. Select the payment option and pay the amount online.
A Person can send a certified check or money order to the court’s mailing address; 1200 Aguajito Rd, Monterey, CA 93940, 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.
Payment can also be made by calling directly at 530-406-6924. Tell them your case number and credit card number. A convenience fee will be applied in this case.
How can I take remote hearing?
Monterey County Superior Court remote hearing can be done through zoom application. All civil type cases and other division some cases hearing can be done online. You had to submit a form by filling all the information required in it. After receiving the form the court will send you an email with a schedule and a zoom link. You can join the session with your attorney or lawyer on your schedule with link. It is recommended to join the session ten minutes before the actual time. Make sure your internet is working, and test your audio and video before the meeting. You can test zoom meeting by using this link https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115002262083-Joining-a-test-meeting. On the date of your hearing mute your mic until the judge calls your name. Recording and screenshot of the hearing is strictly prohibited. Read all the local rules and meeting information for the zoom session hearing.
How can small claim cases can be filled?
Monterey County Superior Court- Monterey Court small claim department filled all the cases related to small claims. The cases can be filled by filling the form and describe what, when and where it happens, who is present at that time and what are the damages done. You had to write the amount you are suing to the defendant. Mediation program are also provide by this court for this division.
The family division handles which types of cases?
Monterey County Superior Court- Monterey handles all cases related to family division. The cases includes:
- Divorce, legal separation
- Child custody and visitation
- Domestic partnership dissolution
- Adoption matters
- Domestic violence
- Child support actions
Forms for these types of cases and matters can be get from this court as well as from local court form of California website.
The marina court handles which types of cases?
Monterey County Superior Court- Marina handles cases of juvenile and traffic matters. The traffic division handles cases that involves traffic infraction violation, drive without license or with expired license, and drive while in the possession of drugs and alcohol. This court will send you a traffic ticket in which citation number, date and time of the citation, violation for which you received the ticket and the place and time in which you made promised for appearance. Contact this court if you need any help or guidance.
The juvenile division handles which types of cases?
Monterey County Superior Court – Juvenile division handles all the cases and matters in which minor age kids are involved. These cases includes:
- An illegal case that are known as crime if done by an adult
- Protection of children who are treated badly or neglected by the family
- Traffic or minor offense that can cause accident or damage
The juvenile matters are kept confidentially and the parents or guardian must be present with the person who did a crime at the court. Contact the marina court if you need any help or information regarding juvenile matters.
The king city handles which types of cases?
Monterey County Superior Court- king city handles cases of civil, criminal, health, probate and domestic relations matters. The probate cases are held on every Wednesday and you can check the schedule by using the probate notes https://portal.monterey.courts.ca.gov/probate/notes . The probate case forms are available on the local forms of this court or you can get them from California website. Contact the court if you need any help or further information about any one of these cases.
What happens if I fail to pay my fine on time?
If you fail to pay your fine on time then additional fines will be added with the previous one, your license or insurance will be cancelled and sometime warrants will be issued against you.
What is the dress code of this court?
The fees for half-day court reporting are $150 and $300 for full-day court reporting.
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