Santa Cruz Superior Court in Santa Cruz California

Address and phone number for Santa Cruz Superior Court, a Court, at Ocean Street, Santa Cruz CA.

Santa Cruz Superior Court
701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, California, 95060

About the Santa Cruz Superior Court

The Santa Cruz Superior Court, located in Santa Cruz, California is a government institution where legal disputes are resolved in accordance with the law. In Santa Cruz Criminal Courts, the government brings a case against a defendant who is accused of breaking the law. In Santa Cruz Civil Courts, the Court settles disputes between citizens that they are unable to resolve on their own.

You may contact the Court for questions about:
  • Santa Cruz court records
  • Case searches and legal documents
  • Appeals and appellate process
  • Santa Cruz court dockets and calendars
  • Background checks
Santa Cruz Court Records

The Santa Cruz Superior Court maintains records on a wide variety of public court records that are available upon request at the Santa Cruz County Courthouse. Interested parties may contact the Santa Cruz County Court and request copies of records which may include case documents, court decisions, court records, court dockets and calendars, criminal records and background checks.

About the United States Court System

The Court system in the United States is made up of a Federal Court system and fifty state Court systems. In each system, there are two general types of Courts: Trial Courts and Appellate Courts.

Santa Cruz Trial Court

Trial Courts in Santa Cruz, CA hear cases for the first time. In a Trial Court, both sides of the dispute present evidence to support their version of events, and a jury is usually called on to decide the case. One judge presides over the case in a Trial Court.

Limited Jurisdiction Court

Santa Cruz County Courts of limited jurisdiction may be limited to hearing only cases involving misdemeanors, small claims, or traffic and other minor violations in California. Courts of limited jurisdiction may also only hear cases on specific subject matter, such as Santa Cruz County Probate Courts and Santa Cruz County Family Courts.

Santa Cruz Appellate Court

Santa Cruz Appellate Courts hear appeals of decisions reached at Trial Courts in Santa Cruz County. No new evidence is presented in Appellate Court. A judge or panel of judges decides the appeal rather than a jury.

Federal Courts in California

In the Federal Court system, District Courts serve as the Trial Courts. In the state Court systems, Trial Courts are further grouped into Courts of general jurisdiction and Courts of limited jurisdiction. Courts of general jurisdiction are Courts that can hear cases of any kind, including felonies. The names for Courts of general jurisdiction vary but are referred to as Superior Courts or District Courts and may be organized to hear cases within certain geographic areas, such as Santa Cruz County.

The Appellate Courts in the Federal Court system consist of twelve Circuit Courts that are organized regionally and the U.S. Supreme Court, which is the highest Court in the country. Appellate Courts at the California state level mirror the Federal structure, with one or more Appellate Courts and a California Supreme Court.

Contact the Santa Cruz Superior Court

You may contact the Santa Cruz Courthouse by calling the Santa Cruz Superior Court non-emergency number 831-420-2200, or by addressing inquiries to the office mailing address: Santa Cruz Superior Court, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, California, 95060.

Map of Santa Cruz Superior Court in Santa Cruz California

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