Q: How is Civil being affected by COVID-19?
The Superior Court is conducting business in accordance with Monterey County, CalOSHA and California Department of Health guidelines.
In an effort to protect the public and court staff, the court encourages the use of telephonic and remote appearances.
Filings will continue to be accepted in person and electronically via efile.
If all parties agree in writing, you may request that the Court rule on your filed noticed motion without a hearing on the Civil Law & Motion Calendars:
All interested parties will need to waive the hearing in writing. Click here for the Emergency Agreement to Waive Hearing Form.
After the agreement is processed, the Court will determine whether the filed motion is appropriate to rule on without a hearing.
Q: I HAVE A COURT DATE TO APPEAR IN MARINA FOR MY SMALL CLAIMS HEARING, SHOULD I COME TO COURT.
A: You should come to court on the scheduled date and time, unless you received notice from the Court that your matter has been set for a remote video appearance. If you are not certain whether your case has been reset for a remote video appearance, you may check the Court's website at https://portal.monterey.courts.ca.gov/ or call the clerk's office at 831-647-5800.
Q: MY CASE IS SET FOR AN IN-PERSON APPEARANCE, HOW CAN I REQUEST TO APPEAR BY REMOTE VIDEO?
A: If your matter has not already been reset to be heard by remote video, you may complete and file Monterey County Local Court Form Number CI-182 at least ten (10) days before the scheduled hearing. Note: You can find the form at this link: form .
Whether or not, there has been a request, the Court will determine whether a small claims trial shall proceed via remote video appearance or an in-person appearance. In its determination to hold a small claims matter via remote video appearance, the Court will consider if a remote appearance is appropriate or a personal appearance would materially assist in the determination of the proceeding or in the effective management or resolution of the particular case.
Q: HOW WILL I FIND OUT IF MY CASE IS GOING TO PROCEED BY REMOTE VIDEO AND HOW TO CONNECT?
A: The Court will provide written information to the parties via an email address provided by the parties, or through a mailed document, notifying them of the date and time of the remote video proceeding. The written notice will include the login instructions to connect via remote video hearing.
Plaintiffs will still be required to notify defendants and comply with service requirements of their claim.
Q: HOW CAN I FILE MY NEW SMALL CLAIMS ACTION?
A: You may file a new claim in person, by mail or electronically on the internet. The courts electronic filing partners can be found here. The link to small claims forms is as follows: https://www.courts.ca.gov/forms.htm?filter=SC. You may mail your new claim along with the appropriate filing fee and/or documents to the Monterey Division located at 1200 Aguajito Road, Monterey, Ca 93940 or drop it off at the drop box outside of the courthouse at the same address. If you file by mail or drop it off at the drop box, please do not send any cash. The filing fee should be check or money order if filing by mail or the drop box. Also note, if you use the drop box, you will need to place your claim and the filing fee together in one envelope. Do not drop off loose documents and/or checks, money order, etc. in the drop box.
If you have any other questions regarding the small claims process, please go to this link. Here you will find more details regarding small claims.