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.

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 Santa Cruz County Civil Grand Jury consists of 19 private citizens solicited from the registry of voters, a list provided by the DMV and through advertising in the community.

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.

California Rules of Court provide the public with reasonable access to court records for viewing and duplication.

Restraining orders include domestic violence prevention, elder abuse prevention, civil harassment prevention, workplace violence, private postsecondary school violence prevention and gun violence prevention restraining orders.

The Small Claims Court is a special court where disputes are resolved inexpensively and quickly.

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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