April 25, 2017

Court News & Notices

Self Help Center: Notice of Availability of Court Forms

July 13, 2013

With the exception of customers receiving Self Help services or attending workshops, beginning JULY 1, 2013, forms and instructional packets will only be available for purchase from each divisional Clerk’s Office (Locations listed below) or downloadable for free online at www.StanCt.org:

Family Law
1100 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354

800 – 11th Street, 2nd Floor, Room 221
Modesto, CA

Civil/Small Claims
801 – 10th Street, 4th Floor
Modesto, CA 95354

800 – 11th Street, 1st Floor, Room 140
Modesto, CA

Online public access is available at the following locations:

Stanislaus County Law Library
1101 – 13th Street, Modesto, CA

Stanislaus County Public Library
1500 I Street, Modesto, CA

Housing Authority
Westview Gardens Community Center
1701 Robertson Road, Modesto, CA

Alliance Worknet Resource Centers:

Midtown Modesto 629 12th Street, Modesto, CA. 95354-2424

Turlock - North Broadway 125 North Broadway Turlock, CA. 95380-4847

Oakdale 1405 West F Street,Suite I Oakdale CA. 95361-3573

Patterson West Side Service Center 66 N. El Circulo Ave. Patterson CA. 95363-2536

High Profile Case Information Available Online

January 13, 2014

If you have interest in a specific court date because you are monitoring the case and/or plan to attend court, please check the Court’s website to ensure that the date and time is still accurate.

New Courthouse Project Progress

November 26, 2014

Acquisition of the site on 10th Street for the new courthouse in Modesto was approved by the state Public Works Board on November 14th. With help from the City, the State expects to close escrow on the site by the end of 2014. The project then moves into architectural design. For more information visit the Judicial Branch FAQs webpage here: http://www.courts.ca.gov/facilities-stanislaus.htm#tab23832.

Site Purchase Completed for New Stanislaus County Courthouse

December 23, 2014

The Superior Court of Stanislaus County, the City of Modesto, and the Judicial Council of California announced today the close of escrow on the site for the new Stanislaus County Courthouse.  The approximately 3.5-acre site in downtown Modesto includes the city block bounded by G and H Streets and 9th and 10th Streets. Portions of the 13-parcel site were previously owned by the City of Modesto; the other parcels were privately owned.

The new courthouse site was chosen for its close proximity to freeway access, public transportation, and the downtown business core. Completion of site acquisition allows the project to proceed into architectural design, which is expected to take approximately two years. The State Public Works Board approved the purchase of the site on November 14.

The new 26-courtroom, approximately 301,000-square-foot courthouse will replace seven court facilities located in Modesto, Ceres, and Turlock. Consolidating these facilities will enable the court to centralize operations, improve public access, increase efficiencies, and improve security by providing a secure sallyport for the transportation of in-custody detainees. With all court services under one roof, the new courthouse will become a one-stop location for county residents.

Construction on the new courthouse is currently scheduled to begin in early 2017, with an expected completion date of 2019, subject to change. The Judicial Council, which manages the project, has engaged the architecture firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP, to design the courthouse.  Ranked as an “immediate need” in the judicial branch’s capital outlay plan, the new courthouse is among the branch’s highest-priority infrastructure projects.

More information on the project can be found on the California Courts website at: www.courts.ca.gov/facilities-stanislaus.htm.


July 24, 2015

The Superior Court will be transferring all Small Claims and Unlawful Detainer matters to the Turlock Court located at 300 Starr Avenue effective January 4, 2016.

All Small Claims and Unlawful Detainer matters will be required to file their actions and subsequent documents at the Turlock Courthouse. The business hours will be Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If further information is needed, contact Stephanie Kennedy at stephanie.kennedy@stanct.org or by calling (209) 530-3100

Unlawful Detainers Change Effective September 1, 2015

August 26, 2015

Effective September 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015, the Civil Division will have a designated window for Unlawful Detainer cases.

Court couriers must file their Unlawful Detainer matters at this window.  The window will be open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Friday.  Court couriers who have filings for multiple case types will be required to stand back in line and file their filings at the appropriate window as designated within the established time parameters. 

At 3:00 p.m., Unlawful Detainer multi-filers will be required to leave filings in the drop box located in the outer lobby or get back in the Unlawful Detainer line and file one document per visit to the window.  

If further information is needed, contact Stephanie Kennedy at Stephanie.kennedy@stanct.org  or by calling (209) 530-3100.

Stanislaus Superior Court Announces Plans to Start a Veterans Court

September 10, 2015

The Superior Court of California, County of Stanislaus is pleased to announce the establishment of a new collaborative court that will serve veterans starting in January, 2016.  The court will be partnering with the California Veteran’s Legal Task Force, Veterans Administration, Stanislaus County Behavior Health & Recovery Services, Stanislaus District Attorney, Stanislaus Public Defender, Stanislaus Probation Department, Aging & Veterans Services, California Department of Corrections, and the Modesto Veteran’s Center.

The goal of the court will be to provide support and services to address underlying issues that affect the community with the intent of re-connecting the individual with society in a productive, healthy manner; intervene early, and promptly, placing qualified individuals in a collaborative court program; provide access to a continuum of services, including treatment and rehabilitation services; provide ongoing judicial interaction with each individual participant; and strengthen partnerships among public agencies and service providers to increase the availability of services.

The Court received approximately $500,000 through the Judicial Council.  As part of the Budget Act of 2014, the Legislature allocated $15 million from the Recidivism Reduction Fund for a competitive grant program to be administered by the Judicial Council of California.  The funds are designated for courts to use in the administration and operation of programs and practices known to reduce offender recidivism and enhance public safety.

Stanislaus County currently has a veteran population of approximately 27,000.  Of this, women comprise approximately 5 percent.   Approximately 4 percent of the overall jail population in the county is comprised of veterans.  The court will serve all veterans.

Child Custody Counseling Orientation Class Information

October 1, 2015

The Child Custody Counseling live orientation class is no longer available. The court has an online orientation that can be accessed using the link, Child Custody Counseling Orientation. By clicking on this link you will be taken to the orientation program. You must complete the orientation class online prior to your court date and take the certificate of completion, or email, to your court date to show that you have completed the class. The orientation includes important information about logistics and resources, helping children through their parents’ separation, and how to develop a parenting plan. If you don’t have a home computer the county library and our self-help center have computers that you can access. If you use the library you will have to take your own headphones.

 Link: http://ccrc.stanct.org:8080/

Click here for Online Supervised Visitation Orientation.

Small Claims and Unlawful Detainers Changes Effective January 4, 2016

December 31, 2015

The Superior Court has transferred all Small Claims and Unlawful Detainer matters to the Turlock Court located at 300 Starr Avenue, Turlock, CA, effective January 4, 2016.

All Small Claims and Unlawful Detainer matters will be required to file their actions and subsequent documents at the Turlock Courthouse. The business hours will be Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Any matters currently set at the 10th Street courtrooms will be handled at that location through December 31, 2015. Subsequent hearings and document processing will be handled at the Turlock Courthouse.

Extended Clerk's Office Hours

April 13, 2016

Effective Tuesday, July 5, 2016, Stanislaus County Superior Court offices will extend service hours on Fridays by remaining open until 4:00 p.m.  This change does not affect the established court runner hours for the Civil and Family Law Divisions.

Document drop boxes are located outside the Family Law and Civil Division Clerk’s offices for filing papers or submitting payments.  Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 2.210(b) any document deposited in a court’s drop box up to and including 4:00 p.m. on a court day is deemed to have been deposited for filing on that day.