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PUBLIC NOTICE-JURY SCAM ALERT

Past or prospective jurors are NEVER contacted by phone regarding failure to serve jury duty. All communication regarding failure to serve jury duty is done via U.S. mail. Court jury staff or San Benito County Sheriff’s staff will NEVER ask past or prospective jurors to pay a fine or provide financial details including, credit card numbers, bank account, social security numbers or other personal information. Please do not provide this type of information to anyone. If you receive a telephone call, from someone identifying himself or herself as a court employee or an employee of the San Benito County Sheriff’s Department regarding a failure to appear for jury service, THIS IS A SCAM. DO NOT PROVIDE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION, OR PAY THEM ANY MONEY! If you are contacted, please call the San Benito County Superior Court at 831-636-4057, option 5 then option 2 to speak with a clerk.

Traffic Amnesty Program

Beginning October 1, 2015, the 18-month traffic violator amnesty program authorizes individuals with past-due court-ordered debt related to traffic infractions and owed prior to January 1, 2013, to have their outstanding delinquent debt reduced by either 50 or 80 percent when they meet specified eligibility criteria.

 

Superior Court’s proposed budget plan for fiscal year 2015-2016

 

2014-2015 GRAND JURY REPORT

 

STATEWIDE CIVIL FEES



CLICK HERE TO PAY YOUR FINE IN FULL ONLINE
To Pay Your Fine In Full By Phone Please Call (831) 636-4057

**If paying using the automated system either online or by phone, you must pay your fine in FULL. Partial payments need to be made by mail or in person.

Info By Division

Adoptions

Adoption is the legal process of establishing a legal parent-child relationship when the adopting parent is not the child's biological or birth parent. That means that once the adoption is final, the adoptive parents have all the legal rights and responsibilities of a parent-child relationship. That new parent-child relationship is permanent and is exactly the same as that of a birth family. An adoptive parent can be a stepparent or domestic partner of one of the birth parents, a relative of the child who has been caring for the child, or someone not related to the child by blood. This information can be pulled from
 http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-adoption.htm

Appeals

A non-prevailing party in a case may ask a higher court to review the decision in their case and determine if the decision was correct.

Civil Division

The Civil Division of the court handles cases where one party sues another to recover money or property, enforce a contract, collect damages, or protect civil rights. Petitions to change names and various writs are also handled by the Civil Division.

Criminal

A criminal case is a proceeding in which someone is charged with a public offense (i.e., with committing a crime), evidence is presented on both sides, and a decision is made as to the person's guilt.

Family Law

 The Family Law Division hears matters involving family-related issues and domestic relations.

Guardianship

Guardianship is a court proceeding in which a judge gives someone who is not the parent custody of a child, or the power to manage the child's property (called "estate"), or both.

The Self-Help Center can assist you with completing the paperwork to ask the court for Guardianship of the Person of a minor child

Juvenile

The juvenile court gets involved in the lives of children when:

  • There are concerns that a parent is not able to keep his or her child safe from abuse or neglect (and the court starts a juvenile dependency case), or
  • Minors are accused of breaking the law. If that is your case, click to find out more about juvenile delinquency cases.

This can be found here: 
http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-childabuse.htm

Probate & Conservatorship

Probate and Conservatorship matters address a person’s finances upon death or the care of an adult person that is unable to care for themselves or their finances. Probate cases address a person’s estate, resolve debts, and distribute the remaining property/monies to heirs or beneficiaries. Conservatorship cases appoint caregivers to care for a person and their finances.

Small Claims & Unlawful Detainers

Small claims cases are lawsuits that do not exceed $10,000 and are resolved quickly and inexpensively with relatively simple and informal rules.

An unlawful detainer matter is a case in which a landlord seeks to evict a tenant.

Traffic

The Traffic Division handles only Infraction matters for Traffic violations, Fish & Game violations, local city and county ordinances, boating, and dog/animal citations. Note: driving under the influence (DUI) violations are handled through the Criminal Division.

Locations & Contact Information

Clerks hours of operation:
Counter and phones: 8:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday except Holidays

Superior Court of California, San Benito County

450 Fourth Street
Hollister, CA 95023
(831) 636-4057

Honorable Harry J. Tobias, Presiding Judge

Honorable Steven R. Sanders, Judge

Honorable Diana Baker, Commissioner

Gil Solorio, Court Executive Officer

Nancy Iler, Court Manager

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Our Mission

Our Mission

To provide access, justice and resolution to all with equality, impartiality, efficiency and respect..

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