Locations & Contact Information
Central Justice Center
700 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Lamoreaux Justice Center
341 The City Drive South, Orange, CA 92868-3205
Harbor Justice Center
Newport Beach Facility
4601 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660-2595
- Futures Commission Seeks Input on the CA Court System
- Apply Now to Serve as a Grand Juror
- Community Court Selected as Mentor Site
- CIVIL COURT REPORTER POOLING PILOT PROJECT
- Court Website Wins Award
- Beware of Warrant Payment Scams
- Self-Help Small Claims Online Interview
- Electronic Document Access - Criminal Cases
- Family Law SmartForms
- eFiling Orders
- Unclaimed Arbitration Fee Deposit
- Approved Budget Fiscal Year 2014-15
The Commission on the Future of California’s Court System created an online survey to seek broad input on recommendations to improve the California court system. The Commission is soliciting suggestions from the public, attorneys, judicial officers, court staff, law enforcement and all branch stakeholders on ways to make the California judicial branch more efficient and effective.
"The commission is particularly interested in identifying outdated laws, systems, or practices and proposals for new approaches, such as the use of technology, that will improve court services and save time and resources in the long term," said Justice Carol A. Corrigan, an associate justice of the California Supreme Court and chair of the commission. "The goal of the survey is to ensure that we’re focused on today’s most pressing priorities. All ideas are welcome." The deadline to complete the online survey is Friday, December 5. Please refer any questions to FuturesCommission@jud.ca.gov .
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye created the Commission on the Future of California’s Court System to study and make recommendations to improve the state’s court operations and accessibility. In the next two years, the commission will examine ways to increase the efficiency of adjudicating cases in civil, criminal, traffic, juvenile, and family law matters, as well as ways to enhance the underfunded court system’s fiscal stability.
The Court is accepting applications for the Orange County Grand Jury. A new 19-member Grand Jury will be empaneled for a one-year term that begins July 1, 2015. The requirements to serve are: at least 18 years old, U.S. citizen, O.C. resident, sufficiently fluent in written and spoken English, and in possession of sound judgment, good character, and a sense of fairness. Individuals meeting these requirements are encouraged to apply.
An application form and more information are available at www.ocgrandjury.org. Completed applications must be received by January 23, 2015. Click here to read the Court's news release.
The Center for Court Innovation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance , selected the O.C. Community Court in Santa Ana as one of four mentor sites for other courts around the nation. Community courts emphasize alternative responses to incarceration by linking offenders to drug treatment, mental health services, job training, and other services to help them address the underlying issues that often fuel criminal behavior. This commitment to “procedural justice” can help reduce crime, improve compliance with court orders, and enhance public trust in the justice system. More information is available by reading the Court’s News Release .
CIVIL COURT REPORTER POOLING PILOT PROJECT (Click Here) Effective August 25, 2014, Departments C6, C10, C12, C13, C14, C15, C17, C18, C21, C23, C25, C26, C31, and C32 will be participating in a Court Reporter Pooling Pilot Project. Official court reporters (i.e. court reporters employed by the Court) in those departments will be provided only for trials and other matters in which oral evidence will be presented. Official court reporters will continue to be provided for all hearings in the remaining unlimited civil departments, including civil complex departments.
The Forum on the Advancement of Court Technology (FACT) named the Superior Court of Orange County as a 2014 winner of its annual Top 10 Court Websites Award. The online announcement about the award can be viewed here . One of the FACT judges commented, "The site does a great job of presenting a lot of information in a manner that is attractive and accessible.” Another of the judges said, "'Quick links to 'Find Information For…' and 'How Do I…' are nicely done! This website is very well done and user friendly.”
Several Orange County residents have recently reported receiving a phone call or voicemail from an individual claiming to be a law enforcement officer asking for payment to clear up a warrant that had been issued because the resident did not appear for jury service. These calls are fraudulent and have no connection to the Orange County Superior Court. Anyone receiving a phone call from someone demanding payment for an outstanding warrant should report it immediately as a crime to their local law enforcement agency.
Also, please note that Orange County Superior Court’s Jury Services staff does not ask past, current, or prospective jurors for information regarding credit card numbers, bank account information, or Social Security numbers. Please do not provide this type of information to anyone claiming to be associated with Jury Services.
The Self-Help Services website now has an interactive Self-Help Small Claims Online Interview available. The online interview is a free screening tool that self-represented litigants can use to quickly access specific information for their legal problem. The online interview is provided as a public service and is created as a self-guiding tool to services, resources, and options for help with a legal matter. It is not a tool that provides legal advice.
Based on the interviewees’ responses, the online interview produces a summary of information that can include court procedures, forms, and service referrals which may take the place of litigation. The online interview provides links to many alternative services.
On January 2, 2014, the Court begins a six-month transition toward exclusive use of electronic documents in criminal cases. The court will no longer create paper files for newly filed cases. Instead, all newly filed cases will be stored and accessed electronically. We will begin the process of converting older cases as well. It is the Court’s intent to have all criminal records with a court appearance converted to an electronic file by July 1, 2014. For more information on public case access click here.
Family Law Fillable Forms Can Be Filed With The Court Electronically at No Additional Cost.
Start or respond to a divorce, legal separation, nullity or paternity case with easy to use, fillable, “SmartForms” that can be completed and submitted to the Court 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any computer that has access to the Internet.
Click here to begin
On July 1, 2014 the Civil department launched its Proposed Order Module in accordance with rule 3.1312 of the California Rules of Court. All proposed orders and/or stipulations and orders are required to be submitted in a Word version along with a PDF. The only exceptions are those orders that are submitted on mandatory judicial council forms. The launching of this module will provide faster turnaround time for orders submitted to the courtroom and signed orders will now be returned via the original transaction submitted.
The records of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange indicate that a trust fund has money eligible for distribution. These funds were deposited for an arbitration hearing between February 2007 to June 2008. If you believe that you are entitled to claim any of the civil deposits paid to the Court, please file an Arbitrator’s Fee Statement L-0190 form.
The Superior Court of Orange County is proud to present the Fiscal Year
2014-15 Approved Budget and the Fiscal Year 2014-15 Budget at a Glance.
The approved budget summarizes the Court's operating budget, provides detailed
expenditure budget information for each cost center, and includes other
summarized information that might be useful to Court staff and the general
public. The Budget at a Glance is designed to be a two-sided tri-fold
pamphlet providing high-level budget information.
(Please click on Approved Budget, Fiscal Year 2014-15 or Budget At A Glance, Fiscal Year 2014-15 to open the document)
The Mission of the Superior Court of Orange County is to serve the public by administering justice and resolving disputes under the law, thereby protecting the rights and liberties guaranteed by the constitutions of California and of the United States.