KINGS COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT UPDATE TO COURT OPERATIONS

In order to continue our efforts to stop the spread of the Corona Virus and continue to serve the residents of the County of Kings, the Superior Court of Kings County has made the following changes effective Monday, April 6, 2020, and until further notice. The external service windows to the Courthouse will no longer be open to the public for the purposes of filing documents or making payments. To accommodate court users, the following options will be available:


Methods of communication for court users:

·

By Phone

- Criminal/Traffic/Civil – (559) 582.1010 follow directions on message.


By Email

- Criminal – infodeskcriminal@kings.courts.ca.gov

- Traffic – infodesktraffic@kings.courts.ca.gov

- Civil – infodeskcivil@kings.courts.ca.gov

- Self Help – selfhelpcenter@kings.courts.ca.gov


Drop Box – for filings, documents, requests and payments for both Criminal/Traffic and Civil/Family Law (this includes all requests for emergency and/or restraining orders)

- 2 available drop box locations:

  • Outside the South/East front entrance doors

  • East side of the Courthouse – closest to the small parking lot

- Response time will be 24-48hours.

- When copies are ready for pick up, court staff will notify you by telephone or mail. Please ensure a valid telephone number is provided to the Court.

- The Court will still process all filings by way of E-File, File from Home or mail.

Authorized forms of Payment –

- Cash, Check, Money Order and/or Cashier’s check inside a sealed envelope;

  1. Sealed envelopes shall include the following information:

  2. Name

  3. Case number

  4. Amount of payment

  5. A contact phone number

- Credit card payments for Criminal/Traffic cases must be completed through the Court website payment portal www.kings.courts.ca.gov


Self-Help Center (Update)

- Center relocated to the internal Civil Windows

- Hours remain 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with controlled entrance to the Courthouse

- Litigants will be served on a first come first serve basis

- Required to check in with Security and wait for direction

- Will be directed to the designated Civil Window for assistance upon availability.


Telephonic Appearances

- Civil / Family Law

- Submit the request in writing or contact the Clerk’s Office at (559) 582-1010.

- Judicial Council form FL-679 can also be utilized for Family Law/Child Support cases. Please go to the JCC website at www.courts.ca.gov to access Form. Requests are to be submitted to the Court no later than 3:00 p.m. the day before the hearing.


Criminal / Traffic

- Contact the Court at (559) 582-1010 the day prior to the hearing for approval.


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