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Locations & Contact Information

Central Justice Center

700 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Lamoreaux Justice Center

341 The City Drive South, Orange, CA 92868-3205

Harbor Justice Center
Newport Beach Facility

4601 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660-2595

North Justice Center

1275 North Berkeley Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832-1258

Superior Court Service Center

27573 Puerta Real, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

West Justice Center

8141 13th Street, Westminster, CA 92683-4593

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Court News & Notices
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The Court successfully launched the use of a new case management system to manage family and juvenile cases. It is the latest step in the on-going effort to move to an all-electronic court record that provides better service to litigants and the public at reduced public cost. All-electronic court records are already in use for traffic, criminal, civil, probate, and mental health cases and, as a result, the Court has reaped vast rewards in organizational strengths and efficiencies. Read the Court’s news release HERE. 

The Chief Justice of California, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, addressed hundreds of participants from some 20 collaborative agencies at the Orange County Juvenile Justice Summit in Tustin on Friday, November 20. The Summit provided a forum for participants to hear presentations about the Juvenile Justice System in Orange County and opportunities for leaders to exchange ideas regarding its impact. Read the Court’s news release HERE,   and an article about the summit in the Voice of O.C. online HERE.  

The Court accepts payments for criminal, traffic, and collection cases at the Superior Court Service Center at 27573 Puerto Real, Mission Viejo, 92691. Payments can be made at the public windows only on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Additional services are available Monday through Friday. Read more on the Court’s news release, http://bit.ly/1GLWrpS.

Veteran Erik Castro is enrolled in the Orange County Veterans Court, getting help for his PTSD and his substance abuse through the VA. He's a stay at home dad with three kids, ages 9 months to 6 years. To read or listen to the full story, as reported by Alisa Roth of American Public Media, click here.  

The People of the State of California, Plaintiff
v.
Kevin Jonas Rojano-Nieto, Defendant
Case No. 14CF1874

REMOTE ACCESS TO ELECTRONIC COURT RECORDS (CRC, Rule 2.503(e))

Pursuant to California Rule of Court, rule 2.503, subdivision (e), the Orange County Superior Court is providing remote electronic public access to the following court records (i.e., documents) in the above-referenced case:
1) Reporter’s transcript of the February 6, 2015 hearing, including the victim impact statement by the victim’s mother; Read more here.
2) Reporter’s transcript of the sentencing proceeding on April 3, 2015; and Read more here.
3) Document entitled, “Kevin Rojano Sentencing Analysis”, filed April 3, 2015.
The documents have been redacted as provided for in Rule 2.503, subdivision (e)(2) of the California Rules of Court. Read more here.

Eservice will allow the court to electronically serve documents, save material, labor and mailing costs, increase service to the public and provide for faster delivery of court documents. Implementation of eService furthers our commitment to an electronic environment. The application also includes automation of mailings that have previously been manually generated. Applicable code section authorities are California Code of Civil Procedure § 1010.6 and California Rules of Court, rule 2.251.
Effective 11/20/15, the Civil Division will eServe the following documents:

  • · Notice of Entry of Judgment (Civil and Small
      Claims)
  • . Notice of Entry of Judgment/Ruling—Small Claims   Appeals
  • . Notice of Fees Due
  • . Notice of Fees Due—Electronic Filing
  • . Notice to Reporter to Prepare Reporter’s Transcript   on Appeal
  • . Minute orders (when the court clerk is ordered by
      the court to give notice)

For Questions, please call (657) 622-5314

Under The Apple Tree: My Experiences with UCI Law’s Elder Abuse Clinic
By UCI Law Student Ariela Rutkin-Becker

“I thought I’d be sitting under an apple tree now, you know, at this point of my life. And I don’t want to leave the world in this situation that I’m in.”

The quote above was spoken to me on a Friday morning in early November by an 83-year-old woman who stopped by the Elder Abuse Clinic at Central Justice Center for help. She was facing a series of harassing behaviors from her son’s live-in, on-and-off girlfriend that were exacerbating her health issues: hypertension and cancer amongst them. The police had told her on numerous occasions that she needed a restraining order for them to take appropriate actions, and after being sent on a wild goose chase through the courts of Orange County, she found our Clinic.

Read the entire article on the UCI Law “Voice” publication at this link: http://bit.ly/1BQS6KB.  

Civil Court Reporter Pooling (Click Here)
Please Note: Effective February 2, 2015, all unlimited civil courtrooms, including the civil complex courtrooms, will shift from one-to-one assignment of a court reporter to a civil courtroom for all hearings to a system where court reporters are assigned to a courtroom as needed for trials and other matters in which oral evidence will be presented.

Click here to read the Court's notice.

Several Orange County residents have recently reported receiving a phone call or voicemail from an individual claiming to be a law enforcement officer asking for payment to clear up a warrant that had been issued because the resident did not appear for jury service. These calls are fraudulent and have no connection to the Orange County Superior Court. Anyone receiving a phone call from someone demanding payment for an outstanding warrant should report it immediately as a crime to their local law enforcement agency.

Also, please note that Orange County Superior Court’s Jury Services staff does not ask past, current, or prospective jurors for information regarding credit card numbers, bank account information, or Social Security numbers. Please do not provide this type of information to anyone claiming to be associated with Jury Services.

The Self-Help Services website now has an interactive Self-Help Small Claims Online Interview   available. The online interview is a free screening tool that self-represented litigants can use to quickly access specific information for their legal problem. The online interview is provided as a public service and is created as a self-guiding tool to services, resources, and options for help with a legal matter. It is not a tool that provides legal advice.

Based on the interviewees’ responses, the online interview produces a summary of information that can include court procedures, forms, and service referrals which may take the place of litigation. The online interview provides links to many alternative services.

Family Law Fillable Forms Can Be Filed With The Court Electronically at No Additional Cost.
Start or respond to a divorce, legal separation, nullity or paternity case with easy to use, fillable, “SmartForms” that can be completed and submitted to the Court 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any computer that has access to the Internet.

Click here to begin

Electronic Filing system (eFiling) and Electronic Service (eService).
24 hours/day, 7 days/week click here. Frequently asked questions can be accessed here.

On July 1, 2014 the Civil department launched its Proposed Order Module in accordance with rule 3.1312 of the California Rules of Court. All proposed orders and/or stipulations and orders are required to be submitted in a Word version along with a PDF. The only exceptions are those orders that are submitted on mandatory judicial council forms. The launching of this module will provide faster turnaround time for orders submitted to the courtroom and signed orders will now be returned via the original transaction submitted.

The records of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange indicate that a trust fund has money eligible for distribution. These funds were deposited for an arbitration hearing between February 2007 to June 2008. If you believe that you are entitled to claim any of the civil deposits paid to the Court, please file an Arbitrator’s Fee Statement L-0190  form.

The Superior Court of Orange County is proud to present the Fiscal Year 2015-16 Approved Budget and the Fiscal Year 2015-16 Budget at a Glance. The approved budget summarizes the Court's operating budget, provides detailed expenditure budget information for each cost center, and includes other summarized information that might be useful to Court staff and the general public. The Budget at a Glance is designed to be a two-sided tri-fold pamphlet providing high-level budget information.
(Please click on Approved Budget, Fiscal Year 2015-16 or Budget At A Glance, Fiscal Year 2015-16 to open the document)

Our Mission

The Mission of the Superior Court of Orange County is to serve the public by administering justice and resolving disputes under the law, thereby protecting the rights and liberties guaranteed by the constitutions of California and of the United States.

Our History

The Superior Court in Orange County has a rich history.To learn more, click on the image above or on the link to visit the O.C. Parks website .

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