May 16, 2022
civil
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.
Last Updated March 30 2022
San Mateo County Superior Court Reopens Civil Ex Parte Calendars on April 4, 2022
Effective Monday, April 4, 2022, civil ex parte calendars will reopen. The emergency local rule temporarily suspending civil ex parte calendars has been vacated. Parties are required to comply with Local Rule 3.500, including that ex parte applicants and opponents must appear in person, subject to the exceptions set forth in CRC Rule 3.1207. Ex parte applications in Unlawful Detainer cases must be brought before the assigned civil judge, not the Presiding Judge. Each civil judge conducts ex partes in their assigned civil cases at 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. two days per week; please check the Court's website at www.sanmateocourt.org under the Civil Division for the ex parte days of the week for your assigned judge. The Presiding Judge and the Probate Judge will continue to have their own separate ex parte days and hours.
 

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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]

Phone Number and Phone Hours:
(650) 261-5100
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Office Hours:
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
To Schedule an Appointment click here.

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.

Email:
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