January 21, 2021
Welcome to the Civil Division. The Civil Division handles lawsuits among individuals and/or corporations. The Civil Division conducts civil trials and manages civil filings, case management, name and/or gender changes, and civil restraining orders.
Effective January 1, 2021, San Mateo Superior Court is a direct calendar court for all Civil Matters. All pending and newly filed civl cases are assigned to one.

List of San Mateo Superior Court Civil Judges and information on Civil Direct Calendars.

» Important Notice Regarding Advance Jury Fees

Self-pPrep and File?
Check out our Self-Prep and File site.
Looking for case information?

Civil CMC Packet

Please refer to the documents and resources below as referenced in your Notice of Case Management Conference.

Drop Box

Civil Drop Box for after hours filing at the Hall of Justice

There is a drop box for after hours civil filings located outside of the Clerk's Office Room A on the first floor of the Hall of Justice.

Please note:
  • Documents placed in the drop box before 4:00 p.m. will be deemed filed the same court business day.
  • Documents placed in the drop box after 4:00 p.m. will be deemed filed the next court business day.
  • If problems are encountered (incorrect fees, not timely, etc.), we will make every effort to contact you before your documents are returned.
  • The drop box is checked and all items are removed at 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each court business day.

Civil ADR Program

Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a way of solving legal problems without going to trial.

Contact Us

Hall of Justice & Records

400 County Center, 1st Floor, Room A
Redwood City, CA 94063 [Directions]

Due to the increase in COVID infection rates, effective December 14, 2020, the Civil, Small Claims, Records, Family Law, and Probate Division clerk's office and phones will be closed. If you have questions specific to your case, you may contact the clerk's office. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Phone Number and Phone Hours:
(650) 261-5100
Temporarily Unavailable

Office Hours:
Temporarily Closed to the General Public
NOTE: The Clerk's Office will continue to accept and process Emergency Ex Parte, Domestic Violence and all Temporary Restraining Order Petitions, and Civil Ex Partes.

Court Holiday Schedule

© 2021 Superior Court of San Mateo County