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Superior Court Expands Homeless Outreach Court to North County
September 16, 2014
Anaheim, CA – The Superior Court of Orange County has expanded the Homeless Outreach Court to north Orange County. The program convened for the first time on Wednesday, September 3rd in a community room at the Anaheim First Christian Church, located at 520 W. South Street in Anaheim, to supplement its sessions at the Community Court in Santa Ana and the Village of Hope homeless shelter in Tustin.
Superior Court Announces Expansion of Online Transcript Request Program
August 20, 2014
Santa Ana, CA – Effective August 22, 2014, Court users may order transcripts of criminal proceedings online directly from the court reporter. The online request is available from the Court’s public website, www.occourts.org, accessed from the pull-down menu under: QUICK LINKS, How Do I … Request a Transcript? This service is an expansion of the online transcript request program implemented earlier this year for civil, probate, mental health, and family law proceedings.
Superior Court Announces Civil Court Reporter Pooling Pilot Project
July 25, 2014
Santa Ana, CA – Effective August 25, 2014, the following 13 unlimited civil courtrooms will be participating in a Court Reporter Pooling Pilot Project and official court reporters (i.e., court reporters employed by the Court) will only be provided in the following departments for trials and matters in which oral evidence will be presented.
Superior Court of Orange County Wins 2014 Top 10 Court Websites Award
July 22, 2014
Santa Ana, CA – The Forum on the Advancement of Court Technology (FACT) named the Superior Court of Orange County, www.occourts.org, as a 2014 winner of its annual Top 10 Court Websites Award. The online announcement about the award can be viewed here.
Paul Borzcik to Lead the 2014-2015 Orange County Grand Jury
June 17, 2014
Santa Ana – The Honorable Charles Margines, assistant presiding judge and chair of the Grand Jury Recruitment/Selection Committee, announced the appointment of Paul Borzcik as foreperson of the 2014-2015 Orange County Grand Jury. “Mr. Borzcik’s impressive work history, leadership skills, and educational background provide a strong foundation to lead the Grand Jury,” said Judge Margines.
Superior Court Announces Expansion of Online Transcript Request Program
May 23, 2014
Santa Ana, CA – Effective May 27, 2014, transcripts in family law proceedings where there was a court reporter can be ordered online. The online request is available from the Court’s public website, www.occourts.org, accessed from the pull-down menu under: QUICK LINKS, How Do I … Request a Transcript?
2014-2015 Orange County Grand Jury Selected
May 21, 2014
Santa Ana - The 19 members and 9 alternates of the 2014-2015 Orange County Grand Jury were selected yesterday afternoon from a drawing held at the Superior Court of Orange County, 700 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana. Hon. Charles Margines, Assistant Presiding Judge and chair of the Grand Jury Recruitment/Selection Committee, presided with Alan Carlson, Chief Executive Officer and Jury Commissioner, randomly selecting names of the nominees, as required by statute.
The Superior Court of Orange County Launches Mobile-Friendly Website
May 7, 2014
Santa Ana, CA – The Superior Court of Orange County has recently launched a mobile-friendly website. The website is designed to give users easy access to Court information on-the-go on any device.
Beware of Warrant Payment Scams
April 23, 2014
Santa Ana, CA – 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.
Superior Court Announces Online Transcript Request Program
March 21, 2014
Santa Ana, CA – Effective April 1, 2014, transcripts in civil, probate, and mental health proceedings where there was a court reporter can be ordered online. The online request is available from the Court’s public website, www.occourts.org, accessed from the pull-down menu under: QUICK LINKS, How Do I … Request a Transcript?
Veterans Treatment Court Designated as National Mentor Court
March 14, 2014
Santa Ana, CA – The Orange County Veterans Treatment Court, which is convened at the Community Court in Santa Ana, has been designated a Mentor Court, one of only four in the country, by Justice for Vets and the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI), in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice. The Veterans Treatment Court, which is under the direction of Superior Court Judge Joe Perez, is an intensive therapeutic program designed to treat military service veterans who are involved in the criminal justice system, and who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, substance addiction, or other psychological problems arising from their military service.
DUI Court Selected as National Academy Court
February 14, 2014
Santa Ana, CA – The DUI Court at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach has been selected as one of four National Academy Courts by the National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC). The DUI Court, which is under the direction of Judge Matthew Anderson, is an intensive, empirically based program designed to treat hard-core repeat DUI offenders. Based on the Drug Court model, the DUI Court is a collaboration of the Superior Court, the Probation Department, the Health Care Agency, and the offices of the District Attorney and Public Defender.
Searching for Case Information by Name No Longer Free
January 24, 2014
Santa Ana, CA – Financial constraints imposed by the California state fiscal crisis – resulting in repeated decreases in state court funding – have compelled the Superior Court of Orange County to apply a cost recovery fee to the use of its online Name Search application, www.occourts.org/online-services/case-access/. Check the Name Search application home page at the above link for updates as the mid-February 2014 launch date approaches.”
Grand Jury Application Deadline Extended to January 29, 2014
January 17, 2014
Santa Ana, CA – The Honorable Charles Margines, Assistant Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of Orange County and Chair of Grand Jury Recruitment/Selection Committee, urges qualified Orange County residents to apply for Grand Jury service. Judge Margines said, “We have received far fewer applications than in the past 10 years for the 19 grand jurors, who are required by law to serve in Orange County. Because of the shortage of applicants, the Court has extended the application deadline to January 29, 2014, for the one-year term that begins July 1, 2014.”
Superior Court of Orange County to Launch Redesigned Website
December 18, 2013
Santa Ana, CA – The Superior Court of Orange County announces the upcoming release of our newly redesigned public website. Our new website provides customers with an updated look, improved access to online services, and enhanced navigation features. In today’s digital age, the website is an important medium through which the public and the Court’s justice partners can access information and complete business transactions, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Apply Now to Serve on the Orange County Grand Jury
November 12, 2013
The Orange County Superior Court is actively seeking residents from throughout Orange County who want to make a difference in their community to apply for service on the next Grand Jury, announced Assistant Presiding Judge Glenda Sanders, Chair of Grand Jury Recruitment/Selection Committee. The one-year term begins July 1, 2014.
Judges Elect Hon. Glenda Sanders as Presiding Judge and Hon. Charles Margines as Assistant Presiding Judge
October 11, 2013
Santa Ana – The judges of the Orange County Superior Court elected Hon. Glenda Sanders as Presiding Judge and Hon. Charles Margines as Assistant Presiding Judge, announced the Court’s current Presiding Judge, Hon. Thomas J. Borris. Both Judge Sanders and Judge Margines ran unopposed for two-year terms that begin January 1, 2014.
Superior Court of Orange County Announces 1000 Graduates of DUI Court
September 6, 2013
Santa Ana, CA – The Superior Court of Orange County and its collaborative justice partners will celebrate the significant milestone of having 1000 individuals graduate from the Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Court since its inception in 2004. Nine participants of the program at the Harbor Justice Center will graduate on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 3:00-5:00 p.m., in Department H2, 4601 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660.
Superior Court of Orange County Wins National Award
September 4, 2013
Santa Ana, CA – The Center for Digital Government announced that the Superior Court of Orange County won a 2013 Digital Government Achievement Award for an innovative, collaborative project that requires civil cases to be filed electronically (eFiled) with the Court. The nationwide award-winners were named in a news release and on the web (www.centerdigitalgov.com).
David Baker is Selected Foreperson of the 2013-2014 O.C. Grand Jury
May 24, 2013
Santa Ana – David Baker has been selected as the foreperson for the 2013-2014 Orange County Grand Jury which will begin its one-year term July 1, 2013, announced Assistant Presiding Judge Glenda Sanders, chair of the Grand Jury Recruitment/Selection Committee.
Public Notice of Intention to Transfer Court Personal Property Pursuant to California Rule of Court, RULE 10.830
August 9, 2013
Pursuant to California Rule of Court 10.830, the Superior Court of California, County of Orange is providing at least one week notice of its intention to transfer court personal property. The Court intends to transfer miscellaneous office furniture and business machines: (2) Wood Tables, (1) Workstation, (1) File Cabinet, (2) Safes, (1) Letter Opener Machine (1) Mail Machine and (1) Paper Shredder to surplus after one week of this posted notice.
Change of Court Location for South O.C. Traffic/Infraction Cases
May 15, 2013
Financial constraints imposed by the California state fiscal crisis as well as the repeated decreases in state court funding have compelled the Superior Court in Orange County to make several changes that will affect where some traffic/infraction cases will be handled.
2013-2014 Orange County Grand Jury Selected
May 14, 2013
Santa Ana – The 19 members and 11 alternates of the 2013-2014 Orange County Grand Jury were selected today from a drawing held at 12:00 p.m. in Department C1 of the Central Justice Center. Assistant Presiding Judge Glenda Sanders presided over the ceremony with the names randomly drawn by the Court’s Chief Executive Officer/Jury Commissioner, Alan Carlson.
The Court Celebrates Juror Appreciation Week May 13–17
May 10, 2013
Santa Ana — The Superior Court of Orange County will celebrate Juror Appreciation Week, May 13–17, to recognize the service and participation of jurors from our local community. Recognition for jurors during the second week in May was established by a special resolution passed by the California Legislature in 1998 acknowledging the important contributions of citizens who devote their time to make the cherished right of trial by a jury of fellow citizens a reality.
New Family Law Fillable Forms Can Be Submitted Electronically
Mar 08, 2013
The Superior Court of California in Orange County has added several new “SmartForms” for Family Law cases. This new set of forms includes all the forms needed to start or respond to a Family Law case. The fillable forms are simple to use, have been made “smart” to guide the user as they are filling out the form, and can be filed with the Court electronically without any additional fees. Users will not need to drive to Court to file, saving time and money.
Grand Jury Application Deadline Extended to January 25, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
Santa Ana, CA – The Honorable Glenda Sanders, Assistant Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of Orange County and Chair of Grand Jury Recruitment/Selection Committee, urges qualified Orange County residents to apply for Grand Jury service. Judge Sanders said, “We are far behind the number of applications we normally receive by this time of the year.” She continued, “Because of the shortage of applicants, the Court has extended the application deadline to January 25, 2013 for the July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014 term.”

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