On June 6, 2016, public phone hours for all clerk’s offices will change to 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Walk in hours will remain 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Restraining Order Filings: Beginning July 5, 2016, all restraining orders will now be filed and heard at the Watsonville Courthouse. Any type of civil restraining order that was previously filed at the Santa Cruz Courthouse will now be filed and heard at the Watsonville Courthouse (this change will be included in new local rules published on July 1, 2016). For emergency situations, restraining orders may be filed at the Santa Cruz Courthouse. These will be scanned to Watsonville. This will only be allowed for the initial filing. Any subsequent filings must be filed at the Watsonville Courthouse. Civil restraining orders will be heard Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. and domestic violence/elder abuse Thursday at 8:30 a.m., both in Department D. Civil restraining orders filed in June will most likely receive a July court date in Watsonville. Electronic Filing: On August 29, 2016, electronic filing will be mandatory for all noncriminal and family law filings. Permissive electronic filing started in March and is going well. Each week we are seeing an increase in electronic filing users. On August 29, the court will no longer accept attorney filings at the court window. Please let me know if you have any questions. Sasha Morgan Santa Cruz Superior Court Director of Operations 1 Second Street Watsonville, CA 95076 (831) 786-7335 sasha.morgan@santacruzcourt.org