700 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
COURT HOURS: 8:00 AM TO 4:00 PM
COURTROOM HOURS: 8:00 AM TO 12:00PM – 1:30PM TO 4:00 PM
COURTROOMS CLOSED FROM 12:00 PM TO 1:30 PM
GENERAL INFORMATION TELEPHONE NUMBERS
|Probate Clerk's Office|
|General Information||(657) 622-7845|
|Probate Court Services (Investigations for Conservatorship, Guardianship, Stepparent Adoption & Freedom From Parental Custody and Control Matters only)||(657) 622-6540|
|Probate Checkers||(657) 622-7838|
|Checker (between 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)|
WARNING: This Justice Center is a FULL SECURITY facility. All persons entering the building will be required to pass through a weapons screening device and have all hand-carried objects x-rayed.
Weapons of any type will not be permitted into the Justice Center. Items such as: knives, including pocket knives, scissors, corkscrews, mace, pepper spray, knitting needles, etc., which may be deemed potentially offensive and dangerous by the Sheriff's Department will not be allowed in the building.
Court forms and a list of court forms may be obtained free of charge:
All forms must be legibly typewritten or printed before they are presented to the clerk for filing.
When filing your documents with the clerk of court, you will need to present an original and one copy of each form along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The original will remain with the court and the copy will be conformed and returned to you.
The petition may be served by a registered process server or anyone over the age of 18 who is not a party to the action. The original proof of service must be filed with the court.
Notices may be served by personal service or by first-class mail. A proof of service or declaration of mailing must be attached to the notice when it is filed with the court.
Probate files may be viewed in the Records and Exhibit Management Unit, on the Central Justice Center at 700 Civic Center Drive West in Santa Ana, California. If you are unsure of the case number for the file to be viewed, there are indexes online where you may find the court case number.
Some of our files are located at another facility and may not be able to be viewed the same day as requested. Files that must be retrieved from another location will be available within 5 business days of the request. Court files for cases filed after 1993 are imaged and available for viewing only at a viewing station. The physical court file is not available for viewing imaged files.
If the request is for a record filed prior to 1985, the microfiche or reel of that record is usually available for viewing and making copies.
Current picture identification (such as a driver's license, attorney bar card, etc.) is required to view a physical file. The identification is left with the records clerk during the viewing and returned to you upon return of the file to the clerk.
Copies are available per page. If a document is to be certified, an additional fee is required per document.
Exemplifications (Authentications) can be issued if requested
Clerk's Certificates of Facts may be purchased for a fee.
You may request copies by mail.
Superior Court of California, County of Orange
Records and Exhibit Management Unit
700 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana , CA 92701
You will need to include the following in your request:
Division 6 - Probate