COVID-19 Court Information

Criminal

The Salinas Courthouse is open to the public. Calendars are being heard in all criminal departments. Appearances are being held in person and via remote video.

FAQ:

Q: I HAVE A COURT DATE TO APPEAR IN SALINAS, SHOULD I COME TO COURT?

A: You should come to court on the scheduled date and time, unless your attorney or the court has notified you of a new date. Search your name or case number here. You may click on the link below to see the court’s calendars for this week. Please check back as your court date approaches for any updates to the calendars https://portal.monterey.courts.ca.gov/calendars/final-daily.

Q: What if I want to place a matter on calendar for any reason?

A: Please make a request to be placed on calendar for your case in person at Superior Court Clerk’s Office in Salinas.

Q: I have a jury trial scheduled, do I need to appear?

A: Some jury trials have been continued to a new date. However, if you have not waived time, your trial will be given priority. If you have a defense attorney, contact your attorney to confirm the current date or to find out the new date. You will receive a notice in the mail, and can also check the court website, or download the court app.

Q: Can I request to modify a criminal protective order?

A: Yes. If you would like to have the court consider modifying a criminal protective order you may contact your attorney or the Victim Assistance program.

Q: Is the Clerk’s Office open?

A: Yes, the Superior Court Clerk’s office in Salinas is open from 8:00am - 4:00pm.

A: The court will not hear any requests to modify criminal protective orders while the Shelter in Place Order is in effect.

Q: What if I want to request a continuance for my surrender date for a jail sentence that has previously been imposed?

A: Contact the Monterey County Jail directly.

Q: WHAT IF I POSTED BAIL AND MY CASE WAS NOT ON CALENDAR ON THE DATE I WAS BONDED TO APPEAR?

A: The court will find good cause not to forfeit your bail bond and will reschedule your matter for a later court date. You will receive a notification in the mail of the new date. If you have not received notification of a new date, contact the Superior Court Clerk’s Office.

Q: WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS IF I AM A VICTIM OF A CRIME?

A: Contact the District Attorney’s Office for victim’s assistance.