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Court News & Notices

Reduced Clerk's Office Hours

January 11, 2018

Effective Thursday, January 4, 2018, all Stanislaus County Superior Court offices will reduce service hours for the public filing windows only. The changes in public service will not limit public access to the building, courtrooms or calendars. Due to the lack of available staff, on Thursdays only, public service hours at filing windows will be 8:15 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (noon), until further notice. On the remaining weekdays, the public service filing windows will be open from 8:15 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Document drop boxes are located outside each Clerk’s office 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.

Government Code §68106 requires trial courts to provide notice to the public at least 60 days before closing any courtroom or closing or reducing hours of clerks’ offices by conspicuous posting within its facilities and on its public website.

IMPORTANT PUBLIC NOTICE Revised 4/6/18

April 6, 2018

The Superior Court of California, County of Stanislaus is implementing a new Case Management System (CMS) effective April 23, 2018.  This notice is to inform the public of possible delays in case processing as well as interrupted services corresponding to this change:

Case Processing Delay – On April 19 & 20, 2018, the Court will not have access to the current Case Management System.  All processing will be manual, paper processes.  Therefore, the Court advises customer wait times at counter locations as well as in-court processes may take longer than usual. 

Service Interruptions:

  • E-Filing (Civil) – Current E-Filing services will be unavailable after 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 16, 2018. All parties are hereby noticed to file all correspondence at appropriate Civil Clerk’s Office(s) as of April 17, 2018. There will be no exceptions, including time sensitive filings. E-Filing services are anticipated to be restored on April 23, 2018.

 

  • Document Management System (DMS) E-Forms (Family Law) – DMS E-Forms processing, i.e., Findings and Orders after Hearing (FOAH), will be unavailable after April 18, 2018. FOAH’s will be processed manually in court April 19th and 20th, 2018. DMS E-Forms services are anticipated to be restored on April 23, 2018

 

  • Online/IVR Payments (Traffic) – Online and IVR traffic payment services will be unavailable after 3:30 p.m. on April 18, 2018.  If you have recently received a citation or have a monthly payment due during the period of April 18, 2018 and April 23, 2018, you are encouraged to act promptly in order to keep your case in good standing and avoid additional fees. IVR payment option will not be restored. Online payments are anticipated to be restored on April 23, 2018.

 

  • Credit Card Payments at Clerk’s Office Locations (All Clerk’s Offices) – Acceptance of over the counter credit card payments will be unavailable after April 18, 2018.    Acceptable payment methods as of April 19, 2018 include cash, cashier’s check, and money orders.  Checks will be accepted only for those cases in good standing. Over the counter credit card payments are anticipated to be restored on May 1, 2018.

 

Transition to Paperless Files

April 6, 2018

Over the last several years the Court began using paperless (electronic) files in Child Support (DCSS), Family Law and Traffic cases, and more recently the Court expanded its use of paperless files to include Misdemeanor, Small Claims and Unlawful Detainer cases.

On April 23, 2018, the Court plans to implement a new case management system. The new system allows the Court continue its use of paperless files and to begin using paperless files in additional case types. The attached chart summarizes the Court’s current and future use of paperless files.

Please note the following information regarding paperless files:

  • Electronic files constitute the official record of the Court. 
  • Electronic files, including court records, may be viewed without cost on public access computer terminals located inside the courthouses. 
    • Note – some records are confidential and may only be viewed by certain persons or agencies.
  • As of 4/23/18, the Court will provide remote online access to electronic court records to the Court’s justice partners in criminal cases.  Justice partners include the District Attorney, Public Defender, court-appointed counsel (including conflict firms provided legal representation to indigent defendants), retained counsel and Probation. 
  • The Court plans to provide remote access to Civil files in the future.
  • E-filing will be available in certain case types on April 23, 2018.  
  • The Court intends to require mandatory e-filing in Civil, Probate and Family Law cases on January 1, 2019.

For more information, please review individual case types in the attached chart and check this notice regularly for future updates.

ELECTRONIC FILINGS CHART

Case Type Notes Status E-Filing
Child Support (DCSS), Family Law Court currently maintains electronic records in Child Support cases filed after August 2013 and in Family Law cases filed after April 2014.Paternity cases, except for the judgments, are confidential. Please see note above re confidential records. Implemented Available on 4/23/18. Mandatory on 1/1/19
Civil – Small Claims Court currently maintains electronic records in cases filed after January 2017. Implemented Available on 4/23/18
Civil – Unlawful Detainer Court currently maintains electronic records cases filed after January 2017. Implemented Available on 4/23/18. Mandatory on 1/1/19
Traffic Court currently maintains electronic records in cases filed after December 2014. Implemented Available on 4/23/18
Civil – Limited and Unlimited Documents filed on or after April 23, 2018, will be maintained electronically. Documents filed, including e-filed documents, prior to April 23, 2018, will continue to be maintained in paper files. Effective 4/23/18 Currently available. Mandatory -1/1/19
Probate Documents filed on or after April 23, 2018, will be maintained electronically. Documents filed, including e-filed documents, prior to April 23, 2018, will continue to be maintained in paper files. Effective 4/23/18 Currently available. Mandatory 1/1/19
Criminal - Felonies A limited number of existing felony cases are maintained in electronic format. Paper files will continue to be used in felony cases filed prior to April 23, 2018. Documents filed in cases initiated on or after April 23, 2018, will be maintained electronically. Effective 4/23/18 Available on 4/23/18
Criminal - Misdemeanors Court currently maintains electronic records in cases filed after January 2016. Implemented Available on 4/23/18
Juvenile - Delinquency Date for transition to paperless files for juvenile delinquency cases to be determined. Delinquency cases are confidential. Please see note above re confidential records. Pending Pending
Juvenile – Dependency Date for transition to paperless files for juvenile dependency cases to be determined. Dependency cases are confidential. Please see note above re confidential records. Pending Pending
Mental Health Date for transition to paperless files for juvenile mental health cases to be determined. Mental health cases are confidential. Please see note above re confidential records. Pending Pending

SEATING ADVISORY FOR PEOPLE VS. FRANK CARSON ET. AL. TRIAL *UPDATE

April 17, 2018

The People vs. Frank Carson et al. Trial will no longer be offering a lottery for seating in the courtroom. The courtroom is open seating until filled to capacity.

Updated Courthouse Links

April 23, 2018

Updated Courthouse links.  More information to follow.

Court eFileCA Click Here

Courthouse Portal Site Click Here