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Text-to-Pay Service Available for Traffic, Infraction and Criminal Cases
February 5, 2018
Santa Ana, CA – The Orange County Superior Court has implemented a Text-to-Pay service for traffic, infraction and criminal cases. It is a fast, convenient and secure way to use a smartphone to make payments or explore other case options, even when the Court is closed.
Court Extends Grand Jury Application Deadline to February 5
January 22, 2018
Santa Ana, CA – Orange County Superior Court Assistant Presiding Judge Kirk Nakamura has extended the application deadline to Monday, February 5, to serve on the next 19-member Orange County Grand Jury. The Court typically receives applications from about 150 residents. So far, just 70 individuals have applied for the panel that will serve from July 2018 through June 2019.
Orange County Residents Needed to Serve on the Grand Jury!
November 9, 2017
Santa Ana, CA – The Orange County Superior Court is looking for qualified volunteers to serve on the 2018-2019 Grand Jury. Assistant Presiding Judge Kirk Nakamura, chair of the Grand Jury Recruitment and Selection Committee, said, “I encourage Orange County residents to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to improve our community.” The 19-member Grand Jury will take the official oath of office on June 29, 2018 for a one year term.
Public Notice of Intention To Transfer Court Personal Property
Pursuant To California Rule of Court, Rule 10.830
November 1, 2017
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.
Bob Niccum Selected as Grand Jury Foreperson
June 26, 2017
Santa Ana, Calif. – Bob Niccum has been selected to be foreperson of the 2017-2018 Orange County Grand Jury, announced Orange County Superior Court Presiding Judge Charles Margines. “Mr. Niccum’s career as a senior administrator for the Los Angeles Unified School District, leading staff from diverse backgrounds toward a common goal, provides him with outstanding, relevant skills to be foreperson of the 19-member Grand Jury,” said Judge Margines.
Orange County Grand Jury Selected
May 24, 2017
Santa Ana, CA – Nineteen Orange County residents were selected today to serve on the Grand Jury for a one-year term that begins when the jurors take the oath of office on June 30. Hon. Kirk H. Nakamura, Assistant Presiding Judge of the Orange County Superior Court, presided over the proceeding with David Yamasaki, Court Executive Officer and Jury Commissioner, randomly drawing cards printed with the names of the candidates. The Grand Jury panel is comprised of 12 men and 7 women who range in age from 55 to 86 years old.
Court Receives Innovation Grants
April 25, 2017
At its public meeting on March 24, the Judicial Council of California approved 53 grants state-wide totaling $23.5 million to support programs to make local courts more efficient, accessible, and easier to use. The Orange County Superior Court participated in the competitive process and received five grants totaling more than $2.2 million to implement the following new and enhanced services to better serve the public:
Superior Court Releases 2016 Annual Report of the Collaborative Courts
March 27, 2017
Santa Ana, CA – The Orange County Superior Court has released and posted to its website the 2016 Annual Report of the Collaborative Courts, which describes each of these cost-effective treatment alternatives to incarceration and recounts the outstanding results and benefits they achieved during the past calendar year.
Public Notice of Intention To Transfer Court Personal Property Pursuant To California Rule Of Court, Rule 10.830
February 16, 2017
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 (1) Rapiscan Cabinet X-Ray machine to surplus after one week of this posted notice.
Court Reinstates Call Center to Assist the Public with Criminal and Traffic Cases
February 1, 2017
Westminster, CA – The Superior Court of Orange County has opened a new call center to assist the public with services and information regarding criminal and traffic cases. Assistance is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese by calling 657-622-8459. An automated phone system is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and customer service representatives are available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Court holidays. Since the center’s “soft launch” on January 11, representatives have assisted an average of 145 customers per day.
Court Extends Grand Jury Application Deadline to February 1
January 4, 2017
Santa Ana, CA – Hon. Kirk Nakamura, Assistant Presiding Judge of the Orange County Superior Court and chair of the Grand Jury Recruitment and Selection Committee, announced today that the Court has extended the deadline to apply to serve on the next Grand Jury to February 1, 2017 due to a shortage of applicants.

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