Santa Rosa Court (Sonoma County Hall of Justice)

California’s court system is comprised of 58 superior courts,
6 appellate courts, and one supreme court. Many of California’s courts are now implementing electronic filing requirements. This has eliminated the need for attorneys, plaintiffs and defendants to file documents in person with the clerk of courts. The majority of cases first take place in the California superior courts. If one wishes to appeal a conviction, then he or she can seek relief in one of the appellate courts. Cases involving conflicts with the Courts of Appeal or important questions of public interest may be appealed to the California Supreme Court.

The Sonoma County Superior Court of California is located on 600 Administration Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. The court operates on Mondays through Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Office hours only extend from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., so it is in a defendant’s best interest to file paperwork early in the day to ensure that it is filed on time. There are many divisions that make up the courthouse, and they are:
• Accounting
• Administration
• Archived Records
• Collections
• Criminal Division
• Family Court Services
• GC Services
• Human Resources
• Interpreters
• Juvenile Delinquency
• Juvenile Dependency
• Juvenile Traffic
• Jury Services
• Transcripts
• Reporters
• Traffic School

The Sonoma County Superior Court and Municipal Courts were combined to create the Sonoma County Superior Court in 1994. There is one presiding judge to oversee the legal affairs of the courthouse. The Main Courthouse can be found in the Sonoma County Center at the Hall of Justice. Parking is available at the courthouse on Administration Drive, Ventura Avenue or Paulin Drive. Visitors can also find day parking available in lots throughout the area. Officers are on call to strictly enforce parking regulations in the area.

Every person who plans on making an appearance at the Sonoma Superior Court should ensure that he or she is familiar with the local court rules. The court maintains a document that is accessible for the public, and it outlines the rules for criminal cases. Some of the notable rules that defendants should remember include:
• Every defendant has the legal right to counsel
• The Court shall make an appointment of a lawyer in the event that the Public Defender’s Office declares unavailability
• First Appearances for defendants must take place two weeks after arrest
• For an out of custody misdemeanor, the First Appearance will be four weeks after arrest

If a defendant is held in custody, then he or she may be released based on different conditions outlined in the California Penal Code. A judge may set bail for the defendant and order release on his or her own recognizance. Bail bond companies assist defendants in obtaining the funding that they need to meet the bail amount set by the judge. If the defendant fails to make an appearance before a judge, then the court has the discretion to retain the bail.

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