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Santa Cruz, CA Superior Court
Summary

An External Citizens' Guide
by Vaughn Aubuchon
Last updated Oct. 3, 2017

Here is a list of Santa Cruz Superior Court information. I created this page because the official information is limited, and difficult to access (navigation, PDFs, etc.). Also included are locations, judges, departments, case prefixes, and the phone tree, when you call in.

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Onsite
(Unofficial - my summaries)

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Courtroom Map

List of Judges

List of Case Prefixes

List of Case Types

Superior Court Phone Tree

Law Enforcement Links

Local Santa Cruz Attorneys

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Official Santa Cruz Site Menu
(same links as on Official site)

Main Court Website

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Civil Case Index

Criminal

Family Law

Jury Duty

Juvenile

Odyssey Portal Access - Civil

Probate

Small Claims

Traffic School

There is no web access to criminal
and traffic case information.



Main Location
Santa Cruz County Superior Court
701 Ocean Street (at Water St.)
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

The Santa Cruz Court does NOT provide online criminal case information or a calendar.

Entrance
701 Ocean Street - Courtroom Map
The official site does not provide a courtroom map online, so I have provided one here.
Courtroom 10 (Traffic Court) is located in the courthouse basement.
Courtroom 11 (Drug Court) is located at the jail, across Water Street.

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Map of the Courtroom Building
Water
Street

Dept. 7
Judge
Ariadne Symons
Dept. 6
Judge
Paul Burdick
Judges
Chambers
Dept. 5
Judge
Jeffrey Almquist
Jail
259 Water
Street

454-2420
Dept. 1
Judge
Rebecca Connolly
Dept. 2
Judge
John Gallagher
Dept. 3
Judge
Paul Marigonda
Dept.
101C
Dept. 4
Judge
Timothy Volkmann

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List of Santa Cruz, CA
Superior Court Judges

Dept

Santa Cruz
Bench Officer

Assignment

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Google Search

1

Judge
Rebecca Connolly
Judge
Ariadne J.
Symons
Elected in June 2008

Misdemeanor
Serial Inebriate Pro.

Google search for
Judge Rebecca Connolly

2

Judge
John Gallagher
Judge Paul P. Burdick
Appointed February 2006

Misdemeanor/
Small Claims

Google search for
Judge John Gallagher

3

Judge
Paul M. Marigonda
Appointed December 2006

Felony

Google search for
Judge Paul M. Marigonda

4

Judge
Timothy R. Volkmann
Appointed May 2008

Civil/ Probate

Google search for
Judge Timothy R. Volkmann

5

Judge
Jeffrey Almquist
Appointed October 2003

Civil/ LPS/
Master Calendar

Google search for
Judge Jeffrey Almquist

6

Judge
Paul P. Burdick
Judge Denine J. Guy
Appointed August 2006

Felony

Google search for
Judge Paul P. Burdick

7

Judge
Ariadne J. Symons
Judge
Robert B.
Atack
Retiring in 2010

Felony

Google search for
Judge Ariadne J. Symons

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9

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10

Comm.
Kim Baskett

Traffic

Google search for
Commissioner Kim Baskett

Dept

Watsonville
Bench Officer

Assignment

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Google Search

A

Judge
Denine J. Guy

Dependency

Google search for
Judge Denine J. Guy

B

Judge
John S. Salazar

Delinquency
Small Claims

Google search for
Judge John Steven Salazar

C

Judge
Heather D. Morse

Family Law

Google search for
Judge Heather D. Morse

D

Comm.
Jana Kast-Davids

Child Support

Google search for Commis.
Jana Kast-Davids

Comm.
Stephen S. Siegel

Family Law

Google search for Commis.
Stephen S. Siegel

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List of Departments
Practice Areas

Depart.
#
.
Depart.
#

Depart.
#
.

Description - Case Prefix

1

9

A

Small Claims - SCWWS

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1J

9J

ACS

Child Support - FLSFL

1SC

10

ADFC

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2

10CS

AJ

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2J

10N

AP

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2SC

10NC

APP

Appeal - APSAP

3

10SC

B

Collection - CIWWC - SCSSS

3J

11

BJ

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4

11J

C

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4J

12

C10

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5

12J

C14

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5J

14

CC

Civil Complaint - CISCV

6

14CS

CJ

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6J

14J

CO

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7

16

CVE

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7J

16J

CVO

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8

101C

D

Dissolution - FLSFL

8J

101CS

DEP

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8SC

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E

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The Open Access so-called "departments" listed above are not departments at all, but are "area of practice" designations.
The term "departments" properly refers to courtroom numbers.
Most of the prefixes are either obsolete or unused - those which are used (May 2010) are in BOLD text.

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List of Departments
Practice Areas
(con't.)

Depart.
#
.

Description - Case Prefix

F

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G

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HB

??? - FLSFL

J

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LPS

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MC

??? - CISCV

MC2

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PRB

Probate - PRSPR

RC

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SCC

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STCO

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T-A

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TBA

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WDP

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WRC

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WTCO

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WVC

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WVCO

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X

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The Open Access so-called "departments" listed above are not departments at all, but are "area of practice" designations.
The term "departments" properly refers to courtroom numbers.
Most of the prefixes are either obsolete or unused - those which are used (May 2010) are in BOLD text.

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Click For List of "Case Types"

Case
Type
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Description

Location

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ADS

Adoptions

S. Cruz

APS

Appeals

S. Cruz

CIS

Civil- SC

S. Cruz

CIW

Civil - W

Watson.

FCS

Freedom Parental

S. Cruz

FLS

Family Law - SC

S. Cruz

FLW

Family Law - W

Watson.

JDS

Juv Dependency

S. Cruz

JUV

Juvenile Delinquency

???

LPS

LPS

S. Cruz

MES

Men Health

S. Cruz

PAS

Paternity

S. Cruz

PRS

Probate

S. Cruz

SCE

Small Claims - E

E-Delivery

SCS

Small Claims - SC

S. Cruz

SCW

Small Claims - W

Watson.

WLS

Will Lodged

S. Cruz

To make matters more confusing, Open Access also lists the "Case Types" in this table, which do NOT correspond to the prefixes listed in the table above.

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Santa Cruz Superior Court
Phone Tree

Call
831-420-2200
Old Number on Website = 831-454-1288
(You cannot jump ahead - you must wait for the whole announcement, every time, to get to your choice.)

"You have reached the Santa Cruz Superior Court.
Some of our options have recently been changed, so please listen to the entire message before making your selection. Thank you."

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A

"Thank you for calling the Santa Cruz Superior Court.
Our hours are from 8 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding Holidays.
Please note that we are closed the 3rd Wednesday of each month, for state furloughs through June 2010.
For additional information, as well as driving instructions, please refer to our website at www.santacruzcourt.org"

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"For driving directions, press 1."

Santa Cruz Courthouse - Hiway 1 to Ocean St. - past Water St. on your right
Watsonville Courthouse - Riverside exit - left on Rodriguez - parking structure on right

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"For Traffic, Criminal, Civil, Small Claims, Juvenile and Family Law, press 2."

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4
5
6
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"Phone hours are 8 AM to 12 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding Holidays
If your matter has been referred to collections, the court can no longer assist you, as we have lost jurisdiction of your case.
For information regarding your case, please call Alliance One at 1-877-541-8420.

For Traffic, press 1.
For Criminal, press 2
For Civil, press 3
For Small Claims, press 4
For Juvenile, press 5
For Family Law, press 6"
(3rd time) "Thank you for calling." (county hangs up)

3

"For Jury (duty), press 3."

Thank you for calling the jury office of the Superior Court of Santa Cruz.
You are currently using our touch-tone system.
You may switch between the touch-tone system, and the speech-recognition system, by pressing the star key at any time.

B

2
3
4
5
7
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"To use your juror number to get information on your jury service, press 2
If you need general information about jury service, press 3
If you are on a trial and need special instructions, press 4
If this is an emergency for a juror, currently serving on a trial, press 5
To repeat this information, press 7 (return to B).
(3rd time) "Thank you for calling. Good-bye." (county hangs-up)

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"For the Self-Help Center and Family Law Facilitator, press 4."

"You have reached the Self-Help center and Family Law Facilitator.
For hours, locations, and monthly closure dates, please go to the court website at www.santacruzcourt.org

Assistance cannot be provided if you are currently represented by an attorney.
The center does not provide legal advice, or legal representation. We do assist with procedural questions and court forms.
If you need legal advice, you may call Santa Cruz Lawyers' Referral Service at 425-4755.

You can print court forms by going to www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/

If you need assistance with small claims, go to the Small Claims Advisor directly at 786-7370.

If you have further questions,
please clearly and slowly state your name, case number and telephone number,
and we will return your call within 72 hours.
Please indicate if it is not safe to leave a message.
Thank you."
I (you) hang up.

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"For the Law Library, press 5."

(4 rings delay, if unanswered)

"The Santa Cruz Law Library is located in the basement of the county building at 701 Ocean St., in Room 70.
Our hours are Monday through Thursday, from 8 AM to 4 PM, and Fridays from 8 AM to Noon.

We are also closed on official court holidays which can be viewed at the court www.santacruzcourt.org

We are a public library specializing in law and provide a wide range of information geared toward both the legal profession and the public.

Staff is available, to guide you to materials that may be appropriate for your needs, but we are prohibited from giving legal advice.

To return to the main menu, press star (*)."
(3rd time) "Thank you for calling. Good-bye." (county hangs up)

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"For Chambers Reception, press 6."

For attorney Settlement Conferences with judges

7

"For Family Court Services, press 7." (it takes a while to get to this point)

"Your call is being forwarded to a ShorTel voicemail system.
"Sally Court services" is not available.

Please leave a message at the tone. When finished, you may hang up, or press pound (#) for additional options.
(beep)
I hung up.

(If you don't push 7, go to "A" above, repeat 1 through 7 twice)

(3rd time) "Thank you for calling." (county hangs up)

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Law Enforcement Links

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Sheriff -
5200 Soquel Ave.

831-454-2414 831-454-7600

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Santa Cruz Sheriff's Dept.

Sheriff Search Page (
gone)

Sheriff Online Services (
gone)
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Jail - 259 Water St.

Main - 831-454-2420 - 831-454-7800

Women's -
831-454-2177 - 831-???

Arrest Warrants (
gone)

Jail Inmate Locator (
gone)

Press Arrest Logs (last 10 days)
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DISCLAIMER
The author is NOT affiliated with the Santa Cruz California Superior Court.
The court system can be a confusing and frightening encounter - this page attempts to help with this painful bewilderment. To the uninitiated, it's a jungle out there.
Although the author has tried to be as accurate as possible, errors are possible.
All reported errors will be corrected as soon as verified.

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