Inspiring Hope: Orange County Juvenile Justice Summit 2015
November 24, 2015
Tustin, Calif. – The Chief Justice of California, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, addressed hundreds of participants from some 20 collaborative agencies at the Orange County Juvenile Justice Summit in Tustin on Friday,
November 20. The Summit provided a forum for participants to hear presentations about the Juvenile Justice System in Orange County and opportunities for leaders to exchange ideas regarding its impact. Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye commended the County of Orange for its commitment to keeping children in school and out of the juvenile justice system.
Superior Court Facility Open in Mission Viejo for Payments and Self-Help Services
November 4, 2015
Mission Viejo, CA – Orange County Superior Court now accepts payments for criminal, traffic,and collection cases at its Mission Viejo facility. 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.
Appointments are not necessary and walk-ins are welcome. Drop box payments and mail are not accepted at this facility.
American Red Cross Presents Court with Excellence in Disaster Preparedness Award
November 2, 2015
Santa Ana, CA – The American Red Cross presented the Orange County Superior 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.
Judges Elect Hon. Charles Margines as Presiding Judge and Hon. Douglas J. Hatchimonji as Assistant Presiding Judge
October 9, 2015
Santa Ana – The judges of the Orange County Superior Court elected Hon. Charles Margines
as Presiding Judge, and Hon. Douglas J. Hatchimonji as Assistant Presiding Judge, announced
the Court’s current Presiding Judge, Hon. Glenda Sanders. Presiding Judge-Elect Margines and
Assistant Presiding Judge-Elect Hatchimonji will begin their two-year terms on January 1, 2016.
Apply Now to Serve on the Next Orange County Grand Jury
October 1, 2015
Santa Ana – The Orange County Superior Court encourages Orange County residents 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. Hon. Charles Margines, Assistant Presiding Judge and chair of the Grand Jury
Recruitment/Selection Committee said, “I am hopeful that residents take advantage of this opportunity to
work behind the scenes to improve Orange County. I would especially like to make a plea to individuals
living in the cities of Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, La Habra,
Placentia, Santa Ana, and Westminster to apply for service to represent these areas of Orange County.”
Temporary Judge Applications Are Now Available Online
August 14, 2015
Santa Ana – The Orange County Superior Court is pleased to announce the opening of the
recruitment and application process for Temporary Judges. If you are an attorney who is
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 the application process.
Presiding Judge Glenda Sanders Appoints Peter Hersh as Grand Jury Foreperson
June 23, 2015
Santa Ana – The Honorable Glenda Sanders, presiding judge of the Superior Court of
California, County of Orange, has appointed Peter Hersh as foreperson of the 2015-2016 Orange County Grand Jury. “Mr. Hersh’s leadership skills, education, and management experience in both private and public sector careers provide a strong background to lead the Grand Jury,” said Judge Sanders.
Courtroom at the Jail to Include West Justice Center Cases
June 19, 2015
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.
Case File Irregularities
June 18, 2015
Santa Ana, Calif. – During the ordinary course of performing her work in March 2015 a court clerk noticed irregularities in a particular case that was scheduled for hearing. She reported the irregularities to her supervisor, who further researched the matter. Within a day or two a report was run and we became aware of a pattern where it appeared that a large number of cases had irregular minutes, all of which appeared to be entered by a lone employee. We are still in the process of completing our own internal investigation to determine the scope of the problem, but it appears that this behavior began in 2010.
2015-2016 Orange County Grand Jury Selected - Women Constitute a Majority
May 20, 2015
Santa Ana, CA –The citizens who will serve on the Orange County Grand Jury for the
term that begins July 1, 2015, were selected yesterday. The Superior Court of Orange County Assistant Presiding Judge and Chair of the Grand Jury Recruitment/Selection Committee, Hon. Charles Margines, presided at the court proceeding with the Chief Executive Officer and Jury Commissioner, Alan Carlson, randomly pulling names of the candidates from the Grand Jury Box, as required by statute.
Superior Court Service Center Now Open in Mission Viejo
April 16, 2015
What is the Superior Court Service Center (SCSC)?
Since the closure of the courthouse in Laguna Hills in 2013, Orange County Superior Court has had a significant need to provide public access to court services to the over 600,000 residents living in south Orange County. The SCSC is a service location where court users can obtain self-help services. In the future, the SCSC will offer expanded services by opening filing windows for various case types and traffic services for the public.
Public Notice of Intention to Transfer Court Personal Property Pursuant to California Rule of Court, Rule 10.830
February 26, 2015
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.
Collaborative Courts News
January 28, 2015
Santa Ana, Calif. – 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.
Deadline to Apply for Grand Jury Service Extended to January 30, 2015
January 13, 2015
Santa Ana, CA – Hon. Charles Margines, assistant presiding judge of the Superior Court of Orange County and chair of Grand Jury Recruitment/Selection Committee, has extended the deadline to apply for Grand Jury service to January 30, 2015. Judge Margines said, “The Court is required to empanel a new 19-member Grand Jury to serve a one-year term that begins July 1. We are hopeful that by extending the application deadline, a sufficient number of qualified individuals will apply, especially from the cities of Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, La Habra, Placentia, and Santa Ana.”
The Court Wins National Award for Implementing Electronic Criminal Case Files
January 6, 2015
Santa Ana, CA – The national Court Information Technology Officers Consortium (CITOC) and the Conference of State Court Administrators honored the Superior Court of Orange County with a 2014 CITOC 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.
Pooled Court Reporter Coverage for Civil Courtrooms
December 16, 2014
Santa Ana, CA – Effective February 2, 2015, all 24 civil courtrooms, including the civil complex courtrooms, will shift from one-to-one assignment of court reporters to civil courtrooms for all hearings to a system where court reporters are assigned to a courtroom as needed for trials and evidentiary hearings only. Official court reporters (i.e., court reporters employed by the Court) will only be provided for trials and matters in which oral evidence will be presented.
New Postcard Jury Summons
November 5, 2014
Santa Ana, Calif. – On November 7, 2014, the Orange County Superior Court will begin using a new method of summoning residents to serve as jurors. Instead of an envelope containing a summons and directions, prospective jurors will now receive a postcard which indicates when and where they are to appear for jury service. A copy of a representative postcard appears below. The postcard directs the prospective juror to respond to their summons using eJuror, an online application which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at www.occourts.org/ejuror
. Prospective jurors without access to a computer will still have the option of completing a paper form, which can be requested by calling the Office of the Jury Commissioner at 657-622-7000.
Court Launches Appeals Webpage
October 28, 2014
Santa Ana, Calif. – The Orange County Superior Court has launched a new webpage that provides information about the appeals process for each type of court case. The process is not the same for all case types. In addition, the process for appealing the decision in a case can be complicated, especially for individuals who do not have attorney representation. The appeals webpage provides a centralized location with information about which court will hear an appeal and what steps are needed to file an appeal.
Serve Your Community as an Orange County Grand Juror
October 9, 2014
Santa Ana, CA – The Orange County Superior Court is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Orange County Grand Jury. A new 19-member Grand Jury will be empaneled for a one-year term that begins July 1.
Orange County Community Court Selected as a National Mentor Site
September 30, 2014
Santa Ana, CA – The Orange County Community Court is one of four sites selected by the Center for Court Innovation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, to serve as a mentor for other courts around the nation. As a mentor court, the Orange County Community Court will encourage other jurisdictions to engage with local residents and create meaningful alternatives to incarceration for criminal offenders. The other mentor sites are Dallas, TX, Hartford, CT, and San Francisco, CA.
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.”