July 3, 2020

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Public Notice - Do I Need to Appear in Court?

DO I NEED TO GO TO COURT?

Please review the informational table below regarding case continuances and whether or not you need to appear in court.

 

 

Traffic Cases

If your scheduled court date was between March 23 and May 29, you do not need to attend the hearing.

If you have not received one already, within several weeks, the Court will mail you a written notice with the date and time of your continued hearing. You should attend your continued hearing. You can also find the date of your continued hearing at http://www.stanct.org/node/4092707 or https://portal.stanct.org/Portal/Home/Dashboard/29

Unlawful
Detainers

Court’s Motion to Dismiss - If your case is set for a Court’s Motion to Dismiss for a date after May 18, 2020, your hearing will be going forward on the date currently set. You should appear in court or file a request with the court indicating that possession is still in dispute and asking that the Court’s Motion to Dismiss be continued.

You should attend the hearing.

Trial or Other Types of Hearing If your case is set for trial or any other type of hearing, except a Court’s Motion to Dismiss, the Court sent you an order, which informs you that either: (1) your hearing will go forward on the scheduled date, or (2) is being continued to another date.

If you have not received an order from the Court concerning the status of your hearing, please contact the Clerk’s Office at (209) 530-3101. You can also find the date of your continued hearing at http://www.stanct.org/node/4092707 or https://portal.stanct.org/Portal/Home/Dashboard/29

Small Claims

Hearing Postponed If your scheduled court date was between March 23 and May 15, your hearing was postponed and continued to a later date.

If you have not received one already, within several weeks, the Court will mail you a written notice with the date and time of your continued hearing. You should attend your continued hearing. You can also find the date of your continued hearing at http://www.stanct.org/node/4092707 or https://portal.stanct.org/Portal/Home/Dashboard/29

Hearing Not Postponed If your scheduled court date is after May 18, your hearing date and/or time may have been changed. If so, you will receive a notice informing you.

You should attend your scheduled hearing.

Civil and Probate

Hearing Postponed If your scheduled court date was between March 23 and May 15, your hearing was postponed and continued to a later date.

If you have not received one already, within several weeks, the Court will mail you a written notice with the date and time of your continued hearing. You should attend your continued hearing. You can also find the date of your continued hearing at http://www.stanct.org/node/4092707 or https://portal.stanct.org/Portal/Home/Dashboard/29

Hearing Not Postponed If your scheduled court date is after May 18, your hearing has not been postponed and will proceed as scheduled.

You should attend your scheduled hearing.

Civil Harassment
Restraining Orders

Cases scheduled for a hearing on a request for a Civil Harassment Restraining Order will proceed as scheduled. You need to attend the hearing.

You need to attend the hearing. If you are the Protected Person, any Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO) issued by the Court will be terminated if you do not appear at the hearing. If you are the Restrained Person, the Court may issue a restraining order, which could last for up to three (3) years if you do not appear at the hearing.

Family Law

Hearing Postponed If you were scheduled to appear in court between the dates of March 23 and May 15, your hearing was postponed and continued to a later date.

The Court mailed you a written notice with the date and time of your continued hearing. You should attend your continued hearing. You can also find the date of your continued hearing at http://www.stanct.org/node/4092707 or https://portal.stanct.org/Portal/Home/Dashboard/29

Hearing Not Postponed If your scheduled court date is after May 18, your hearing has not been postponed and will proceed as scheduled.

You should attend your scheduled hearing.

Adoptions

Step-Parent Adoptions - Hearings set between March 23 through May 29 will be continued to after June 1.

The Court will send you or your attorney written notice of the date and time of your continued hearing. You can also find the date of your continued hearing at https://portal.stanct.org/Portal/Home/Dashboard/29.

Agency Adoptions – Hearings will be conducted by videoconference.

Please contact your attorney or the adoption agency for more information about videoconferencing procedures.

Domestic Violence
Restraining Orders

Department 25 - If your case is set for a hearing in Dept. 25, it will proceed as scheduled. You need to attend the hearing.

You need to attend the hearing. If you are the Protected Person, any Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO) issued by the Court will be terminated if you do not appear at the hearing. If you are the Restrained Person, the Court may issue a restraining order, which could last for up to five (5) years if you do not appear at the hearing.

Departments 11, 13 and 14 – If your case is set for a hearing in in Depts. 11, 13 or 14, you do not need to go to court. However, you will need to attend child custody mediation by teleconference on the date set for your hearing.

The Court will send you or your attorney the mediation teleconference call-in instructions. The notice will include the date and time of the mediation, as well as the phone number you should call.

Emergency Child
Custody Orders

If your case is set for a hearing on a request for Emergency Child Custody orders, you do not need to go to court. However, you will need to attend child custody mediation by teleconference on the date set for your hearing.

The Court will send you or your attorney the mediation teleconference call-in instructions. The notice will include the date and time of the mediation, as well as the phone number you should call.

Gun Violence
Restraining Orders

If your case is set for a hearing on a request for a Gun Violence Restraining Order, it will go forward as scheduled.

The Court hears Gun Violence Restraining Order cases in Department 25. You need to the attend the hearing.

Juvenile Cases

Many Juvenile cases will be rescheduled. Please contact your attorney or your child’s attorney to determine if you need to attend the hearing.

Unless your attorney tells you the case has been rescheduled, you need to attend the hearing.

Guardianships/
Conservatorships

Temporary Guardianships/Conservatorships – Requests for orders appointing a temporary guardian or conservator will be heard as set. Except as noted below, hearings in Guardianship and Conservatorship cases will be rescheduled. You do not need to attend the hearing.

The Court hears Probate Guardianship and Conservatorship cases in Department 25. You need to attend the hearing. The Court will send you or your attorney written notice of the date and time of your continued hearing.

Conservatorship
LPs

Hearings related to LPS conservatorships will be heard as scheduled. You need to attend the hearing.

The Court hears LPS Conservatorship cases in Department 25. You need to attend the hearing.

Criminal Cases
Arraignments

If you were released on (1) your own recognizance, (2) $0 bail, (3) posted bail or a bail bond, or (4) received a citation, and signed a written promise to appear in court for arraignment, you need to attend the hearing unless you make arrangements with the Public Defender or your attorney.

Contact the Public Defender or your attorney and ask them if they will make a “977 Appearance” for you. You can contact the Public Defender at PubDef977@stancounty.com, even if you have not yet appeared in court or retained an attorney.

Criminal Cases
Trials

If your trial is scheduled during the period March 23 to June 15, it will be rescheduled. The Court will send your attorney the date and time of your next court appearance. You do not need to appear in court for your trial.

Contact the Public Defender or your attorney about your next trial date. You can also find the date of your continued hearing at http://www.stanct.org/node/4092707 or https://portal.stanct.org/Portal/Home/Dashboard/29

Criminal Cases
Other Hearings

If you are scheduled to appear for any other type of hearing in a criminal case, pre-trial, preliminary hearing, etc., the matter will be rescheduled. The Court will send your attorney the date and time of your next court appearance. You do not need to appear in court.

Contact the Public Defender or your attorney about your next hearing date. You can also find the date of your continued hearing at http://www.stanct.org/node/4092707 or https://portal.stanct.org/Portal/Home/Dashboard/29

Criminal Cases
Witnesses

If you were subpoenaed to appear at a court hearing in a criminal case as a witness, please contact the attorney who issued the subpoena.

Stanislaus County District Attorney - 209-575-0785 (for recorded information) or 209-525-5550 (for information about your case).

 

 

 

Last updated: May 18, 2020 9:44 AM