COVID-19 Court Information

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Court Locations

Monterey Courthouse - The Clerk’s Office is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and scheduled hearings are being conducted. If you are on calendar you will receive remote appearance instructions for Zoom or you may appear in person or by Court Call. If you are unsure, please contact your attorney or the court. Self Help staff are available to assist. For restraining order assistance please email your name and telephone number to selfhelpcenter@monterey.courts.ca.gov, or call (831) 647-5800 x3005.

Marina Courthouse

The Clerk’s Office is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

It is recommended that you take advantage of handing your matter either on line or by telephone to avoid having to come to the courthouse. You may expect longer wait times in coming to the courthouse. Many matters can be handled by phone at (831) 883-5300 Ext. 3011 (English) or Ext. 3007 (Spanish) or online. Remote hearings/appearances may be available for some hearing types. If you need assistance regarding your traffic citation or wish to request a hearing, please see our Traffic Page.

Salinas Courthouse - The clerk’s office is open. Scheduled matters are being heard. If you have a scheduled hearing you should appear for your hearing. If you have an attorney, please contact your attorney regarding your hearing date.

Juvenile Courthouse on Natividad Road - All scheduled matters are being heard. Please contact your youth’s attorney regarding whether you and your youth may appear for the hearing remotely. If your youth does not yet have an attorney, you and your youth will need to appear at the courthouse; an attorney will be appointed at your youth’s first appearance.

King City Courthouse - The King City Courthouse is open for traffic hearings, and Self Help Center on the second Tuesday of the month. The Traffic Clerk’s Office is open the second Tuesday of the month from 9AM – 12pm and 1PM -3PM. Traffic cases are being heard by appointment on the second Tuesday of the month. Please contact the Marina Courthouse at (831) 883-5300 to arrange for your hearing to be heard in King City. Please see the Self Help Center page for information about King City self help services.

We will be enforcing social distancing in accordance with California Department of Public Health Guidelines. Members of the public who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks. Members of the public entering the courthouse may be asked screening questions. You may experience lines and delays.

Information about your case

Looking up information specific to your case may be done by going to this link https://portal.monterey.courts.ca.gov/

More information and assistance: Additional forms and assistance for completing legal papers may be found at www.court.ca.gov or https://www.monterey.courts.ca.gov/self-help/file-at-home.

  1. NO COURT HEARINGS DURING THAT TIME: In order to protect the public and court staff, no court hearings will be held in Monterey during the closure period. All hearings will be postponed and you will receive written notification of your new court date. If there are temporary orders in place, those orders will also be continued until your new court date (for example, restraining orders, temporary custody orders, etc.).
  2. EXTENSION OF TIME TO FILE AN ANSWER OR RESPONSE: TThe Court has issued an emergency order that extends the time limit for filing documents by considering all days from March 18, 2020 through April 2, 2020, as Court Holidays. This may extend your deadline to file an answer or response if your last day to file falls between or on one of those dates. If your last day to file does fall on one of those dates, your last day to file is extended to the next Court business day, April 3. (For example, if you were served on March 1 and normally your response would be due 30 days later, on April 1, your filing deadline would be extended to April 3.

    However, special rules apply to eviction cases.

    EVICTION CASES: You normally have five "court days" (meaning days that the court is open) to file an answer; under the emergency order, you would not count the period from March 18 – April 2.

  3. HOW TO FILE DOCUMENTS DURING CLOSURE: During this emergency, the Court and clerk’s office strongly discourage bringing paper filing documents to the court, and would direct persons to efile documents, since it is safer and less likely to pass on viruses. The office will also be operating with greatly reduced staff; so we ask that you wait to file until after April 6, if possible. For urgent or emergency documents that can only be filed in paper, you may submit your documents by mail to 1200 Aguajito Road, Monterey CA 93940, or in the drop box in front of the Monterey Courthouse at 1200 Aguajito.
    Efiling instructions can be found at https://www.monterey.courts.ca.gov.
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