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 email@example.com, or call (831) 647-5800 x3005.
Update for December 14, 2020 through January 10, 2021: The Clerk’s Office is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and scheduled hearings are being conducted while adhering to all safety protocol. Specifically, all entering the Marina Traffic Division building are required to wear a face mask or face covering; all will be screened for symptoms prior to entering which includes taking temperatures; all will be required to maintain social distancing of 6 feet; and the facility will continue to be disinfected in high-touch surface areas throughout the day.
It is highly 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 ourTraffic 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.
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.