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 and your hearing has been scheduled as a remote appearance, please appear remotely, otherwise you should appear for your hearing. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (831) 647-5800 x3005.
- The Clerk’s Office Windows will have reduced business hours of 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. daily through August 14, 2020. The lobby will remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and courtrooms will be in session. To avoid having to wait, many matters can be handled by phone (831) 883-5300 Ext. 3011 (English) or Ext. 3007 (Spanish) or online. If you need assistance regarding your traffic citation or wish to request a hearing, please see our Traffic Page.
Payments / Collections – The Court temporarily discontinued sending cases to collections for failing to appear or failing to pay during the period of March 17, 2020 through June 1, 2020.
If you previously signed up for a payment plan, or were ordered to make payments, and missed any payments during the period of February 16, 2020 through June 1, 2020, you are encouraged to bring your account current by July 17, 2020. The Court will resume sending unpaid cases to collections starting July 17, 2020 which may result in an additional $300 civil assessment. Payments can be made online, in person or by mail.
If you had a Pay or Appear date on your citation during the period of February 16, 2020 through June 2, 2020, and you did not appear or pay your bail, you must take care of this as soon as possible. The Court will resume sending failure to appear cases to collections starting July 6, 2020. For information on your options see the Traffic Options page or call the Clerk’s Office at (831) 883-5300 ext 3011 English or ext 3007 Spanish. Failure to pay or appear will result in your case being sent to Collections and an additional $300 civil assessment and/or a hold on your driver’s license.
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.
We will be enforcing social distancing and limiting the number of people allowed into courthouses. Face masks are required. Members of the public entering the courthouse will be asked screening questions and their temperature will be checked. You may experience lines and delays.
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.
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.