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January 14 / News

New Fort Ord Courthouse – Monterey

The Governor’s California budget proposal includes $2.1 billion over the next five years to fund construction of critically needed new courthouses.
Monterey’s planned new Fort Ord Courthouse landed in the top 5 of the top tier labeled “Immediate Need”. Our new Santa Cruz Courthouse is in the next tier down in the 14th position labeled “Critical Need”.

To view the full list click here.

December 24 / News

2020 Year in Review: Judicial Council of California

How the Judicial Branch kept courthouses open during a year of unprecedented challenges.

For the full notice click here.

December 16 / News

Online Access & Making Payments

To create an account:

Hover over “Client Login” on the Navigation bar, then click “Orders”:

Click on “Sign up for New Account” (outlined below in red) OR if you are an existing customer, click on “Request online access on existing account” (outlined below in blue):

Enter your email, and click on “Submit” (outlined below):

Once logged in, you will be taken to your account’s landing page. From here you can search orders, check on the status of your orders, submit eFilings, request Service of Process, and many other options.

Make a Payment Online

To make an online payment you can click “Admin” on the Navigation bar, then click on “Pay Invoice” (outlined below):

Or

Scroll down and click on the icon for “Pay Invoices” (as shown below):

This will take you to a new page where can view data such as Job History, Current Ageing, and Current Active Jobs. As you scroll down to the bottom of the page you will see any outstanding invoices for your account. From here you want to enter in your payment method. Simply click on “Manage Payment Accounts” (outlined below):

From here you can add a Credit Card or Checking Account (outlined below in blue), and view payment methods you may already have on file. You can also delete a payment method(Note: You cannot delete a payment method until you have added another one and set it as the default). If you have multiple payment methods on file, select which payment method you would like to use. The selected payment method is signified by a checkmark (outlined below in red):

Once you have added a payment method, click “Done” and this will take you back to the page that lists any outstanding invoices for your account. Select which invoices you would like to pay(outlined below in red), and then click on “Pay Selected” (outlined below in blue):

December 15 / News

SC Superior Court Updates: Zoom Appearance Reminder

From Santa Cruz Superior Court: Given the current surge of COVID we would like to remind everyone that pursuant to Emergency Local Rule 1.1.01, for all non-criminal hearings, remote appearances are mandatory for attorneys unless a Judge directs you otherwise. We also strongly encourage all parties, self-represented litigants, witnesses and other participants to appear remotely. For additional information please see the remote appearance page on our website: Click here.

December 10 / News

Advisory on COVID-19 and Court Operations: No new statewide emergency order at this time

For more info: Advisory on COVID-19 and Court Operations

December 9 / News

Monterey Superior Court Announces Judicial Assignments for 2021

For more info: 2021 Judicial Assignments

November 25 / News

SCCTLA: Limitations on Misdemeanor Probations AB 1950

Assembly Bill No. 1950 was approved by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 30, 2020 and will become effective on January 1, 2021.

To view more info click here.

September 3 / News

Santa Cruz and Monterey County Remote Hearings

Due to Covid 19, Santa Cruz and Monterey County courts’ have moved to mostly remote hearings.

Santa Cruz County Court
To view Santa Cruz County court Zoom information click here.

Monterey County Court
Monterey County courts are currently using CourtCall for remote hearings. To view additional information, click here.

July 2 / News

Santa Cruz Superior Court issues new local rules

Santa Cruz Superior Court’s new local rules are officially in effect as of July 1, 2020. Find them here: Rules of court.

June 11 / News

SCCTLA Judicial Council ends COVID-19 Emergency Bail Schedule

The Judicial Council of California voted to end the COVID-19 emergency bail schedule, as California begins a phased re-opening and courts restore services shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Judicial Council voted 17-2 to rescind, effective June 20, the COVID-19 temporary bail schedule that set presumptive bail at $0 for people accused of lower-level crimes, a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 in jails and surrounding communities.

At the same time, California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye rescinded her statewide order (link) extending time for defendants to be arraigned. That change would require defendants again be arraigned within 48 hours.

For more info click here.