Downtime Notice

Wednesday Dec 2nd starting at 5:00pm through Sunday Dec 6th, the Court will be moving to a new case management system for our Family Law and Juvenile case types. This is a major system upgrade that will provide a foundation for enhanced efficiencies and public services in the future.
During this period of transition case information on our public website and at the court will remain available, however it will not be updated with recent filings, hearings scheduled, and other case actions. Business will resume as usual on Monday, Dec 7th.

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

North Justice Center

1275 North Berkeley Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832-1258

Superior Court Service Center

27573 Puerta Real, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

West Justice Center

8141 13th Street, Westminster, CA 92683-4593


Court News & Notices
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The Court accepts payments for criminal, traffic, and collection cases at the Superior Court Service Center at 27573 Puerto Real, Mission Viejo, 92691. Payments can be made at the public windows only on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Additional services are available Monday through Friday. Read more on the Court’s news release,

The American Red Cross presented the Court with an award for “Excellence in Disaster Preparedness” for the Court’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. The American Red Cross established the award to recognize companies, organizations, and community groups for their superior emergency preparedness plans and to share model plans with other groups. For more information, click here.

Orange County residents are encouraged to apply to serve on the next Grand Jury. A new 19-member Grand Jury will be empaneled for a one year term that begins July 1, 2016. An application form and more information are available online,

The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) presented a Merit Award for the “Orange County Teen Collaborative Inspires Hope for Foster Youth” program. The program brings together community partners, including the Orange County Superior Court, with the Social Services Agency to provide innovative and collaborative programs and services that build a sense of purpose, community and inspiration among abused and neglected foster youth. Youth are mentored and exposed to positive experiences and opportunities such as visits to colleges, museums, sporting and cultural events. To learn more about the 2015 CSAC Challenge Awards, please visit  

The Court is pleased to announce the opening of the recruitment and application process for Temporary Judges. If you are interested in becoming a Temporary Judge, please read the Application Letter and complete the Temporary Judge Application. The Application Letter describes the minimum qualifications and selection criteria which will be used in this application process. Attorneys who are not currently active with the Orange County Superior Court Temporary Judge Program and would like to be considered must complete the application process.
For more information, please click here.

Veteran Erik Castro is enrolled in the Orange County Veterans Court, getting help for his PTSD and his substance abuse through the VA. He's a stay at home dad with three kids, ages 9 months to 6 years. To read or listen to the full story, as reported by Alisa Roth of American Public Media, click here.  

Effective July 1, 2015, all in-custody misdemeanor and felony complaint arraignments from the Orange County Superior Court’s West Justice Center will be heard in Department CJ1 at the Orange County Central Jail Complex in Santa Ana. This expansion mirrors the model currently in place for cases from the Central, Harbor, and North Justice Centers.
Department CJ1 is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Court proceedings from Department CJ1 are shown via video monitors in a designated public viewing area at the Orange County Jail.

The People of the State of California, Plaintiff
Kevin Jonas Rojano-Nieto, Defendant
Case No. 14CF1874


Pursuant to California Rule of Court, rule 2.503, subdivision (e), the Orange County Superior Court is providing remote electronic public access to the following court records (i.e., documents) in the above-referenced case:
1) Reporter’s transcript of the February 6, 2015 hearing, including the victim impact statement by the victim’s mother; Read more here.
2) Reporter’s transcript of the sentencing proceeding on April 3, 2015; and Read more here.
3) Document entitled, “Kevin Rojano Sentencing Analysis”, filed April 3, 2015.
The documents have been redacted as provided for in Rule 2.503, subdivision (e)(2) of the California Rules of Court. Read more here.

Eservice will allow the court to electronically serve documents, save material, labor and mailing costs, increase service to the public and provide for faster delivery of court documents. Implementation of eService furthers our commitment to an electronic environment. The application also includes automation of mailings that have previously been manually generated. Applicable code section authorities are California Code of Civil Procedure § 1010.6 and California Rules of Court, rule 2.251.
Effective 11/20/15, the Civil Division will eServe the following documents:

  • · Notice of Entry of Judgment (Civil and Small
  • . Notice of Entry of Judgment/Ruling—Small Claims   Appeals
  • . Notice of Fees Due
  • . Notice of Fees Due—Electronic Filing
  • . Notice to Reporter to Prepare Reporter’s Transcript   on Appeal
  • . Minute orders (when the court clerk is ordered by
      the court to give notice)

For Questions, please call (657) 622-5314

The hardcore alcoholic who got her third DUI for drunk driving at ten in the morning – what transformed her into a clear-eyed advocate of sobriety? The meth addict who committed burglaries for years to support his habit – what changed him from a repeat offender into a clean and sober, responsible taxpayer? The combat veteran who tried unsuccessfully to quell his nightmares with drugs and always kept a weapon close at hand – what helped him to overcome his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and re-integrate into society? Not a few months in an overcrowded jail. These cost-effective, fundamental life changes were brought about by Orange County’s nationally-recognized Collaborative Court programs which provide therapeutic alternatives to incarceration. The programs help people with addiction, mental illness, PTSD, and similar problems while enhancing public safety, saving money, and saving lives. Click here     for the latest Newslettter. Click here  for the 2014 Annual Report.

Under The Apple Tree: My Experiences with UCI Law’s Elder Abuse Clinic
By UCI Law Student Ariela Rutkin-Becker

“I thought I’d be sitting under an apple tree now, you know, at this point of my life. And I don’t want to leave the world in this situation that I’m in.”

The quote above was spoken to me on a Friday morning in early November by an 83-year-old woman who stopped by the Elder Abuse Clinic at Central Justice Center for help. She was facing a series of harassing behaviors from her son’s live-in, on-and-off girlfriend that were exacerbating her health issues: hypertension and cancer amongst them. The police had told her on numerous occasions that she needed a restraining order for them to take appropriate actions, and after being sent on a wild goose chase through the courts of Orange County, she found our Clinic.

Read the entire article on the UCI Law “Voice” publication at this link:  

The national Court Information Technology Officers Consortium and the Conference of State Court Administrators honored our Court with a 2014 Innovation Award. The award for Court Business Processes recognized our Court for “notable contributions to the judiciary” for the creation and implementation of a completely electronic environment for criminal cases. The project was initially created as a cost-saving measure due to significant budget cuts imposed upon the Court. For more information about electronic criminal case files, click here.

PLEASE NOTE: Effective February 2, 2015, all unlimited civil courtrooms, including the civil complex courtrooms, will shift from one-to-one assignment of a court reporter to a civil courtroom for all hearings to a system where court reporters are assigned to a courtroom as needed for trials and other matters in which oral evidence will be presented.

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 .

Click here to read the Court's notice.

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.

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

Electronic Filing system (eFiling) and Electronic Service (eService).
24 hours/day, 7 days/week click here. Frequently asked questions can be accessed here.

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 2015-16 Approved Budget and the Fiscal Year 2015-16 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 2015-16 or Budget At A Glance, Fiscal Year 2015-16 to open the document)

Our Mission

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.

Our History

The Superior Court in Orange County has a rich history.To learn more, click on the image above or on the link to visit the O.C. Parks website .

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