Oct. 8, 2015
The mission of the Santa Cruz Superior Court is to preserve and protect the rights and ideals of society through the interpretation and enforcement of law, provide equal access to justice through quality service to the community by judicial officers and court staff and treat all participants in the judicial system with dignity and respect.

Court News & Notices

Court Holiday Schedule

Information about Prop. 47

The Court is switching to

a new case management system

in October and court users may

experience some longer wait times

and disruptions. For example, our

online payment system will be

unavailable for a period of time.

We apologize in advance for any

inconvenience. Court locations to 

Close at noon on 10/09/15



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Info By Division

The Civil Division of the court handles cases where one party sues another to recover money or property, enforce a contract, collect damages, or protect civil rights. Petitions to change names and various writs are also handled by the Civil Division.

The Criminal Division has jurisdiction over felonies, misdemeanors, infractions.

The Family Law Division hears matters involving family-related issues and domestic relations.

Information for both civil and criminal cases where the parties have elected to have a jury of their peers decide the case.

Juvenile Delinquency cases involve any persons under the age of 18 (minors) who are accused of violations of any law of the state or minors who are habitually truant.

Probate and conservatorship matters address a person’s finances upon death or the care of an adult person that is unable to care for themselves or their finances.

Small claims cases are lawsuits that do not exceed $10,000 and are resolved quickly and inexpensively with relatively simple and informal rules.

The Traffic Division has jurisdiction over Vehicle Code violations, some local municipal ordinances, infractions, and minor misdemeanors.


Location & Contact Info

Santa Cruz Courthouse
701 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Watsonville Courthouse
1 Second Street
Watsonville, CA 95076


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