March 24th, 2020

Santa Cruz Superior Court Clerk’s Office

Santa Cruz Superior Court Clerk’s Office 110 and Room 120: 8 am -12 pm

Law Library

The Law Library has temporarily eliminated in-person services while the Santa Cruz County shelter in place order is in effect. Law Library staff will be providing assistance via phone or email at 831-420-2205 or

Watsonville Court Hours and Services

Clerk’s office new hours:
Monday-Friday 8 am -11:30 am. Note the Traffic Window is now closed.

Self Help Center new hours:
Monday-Friday 8:30 am-11:30 am.

The following court hearings have been moved through April 24:

  •  Traffic
  • Criminal
  • Small Claims
  • Most Family Law (including Family Court Services mediation appointments)

Court hearings that will remain on calendar for hearings:

  • Restraining orders and Ex Parte matters
  • Some Family Law (see instructions below to check status)
  • Juvenile Dependency
  • Juvenile Justice (however, most being heard in Felton)

To check on the status of your case call or email the court:

Court phone hours remain the same: 8 am – 1 pm Monday-Friday
Court phone: (831) 786-7200 or (831) 420-2200
Self Help Center: (831) 786-7200, option 4 – messages left anytime
Small Claims Advisor: (831) 786-7370 – messages left anytime

You may need to leave a message: leave your name, phone number, case number and detailed message. Please make sure your voicemail is set up and your mailbox is not full.

You may also obtain some new court dates at:
Self Help:
Clerk Family:
Clerk Small Claims:
Clerk Criminal:
Clerk Traffic:
Clerk Civil/Probate:

To view the full notice click here.

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