Chula Vista Court (South County Regional Center)

The Chula Vista Court is also known as the South County Regional Center (SCRC). The facility is made up of the following divisions and branches:
• Superior Court
• Sheriff
• Probation
• District Attorney
• Revenue and Recovery
• Board of Supervisors
• Criminal cases
• Family Law matters
• Juvenile Dependency cases

The Chula Vista Court no longer handles matters in regards to civil cases or small claims. The South County Regional Center is located at 500 3rd Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910. The South County Courthouse opens at 7: 30 a.m. For criminal matters, the South County Division is open on Mondays through Thursdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Fridays, the criminal division is open 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Phone hours are 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Individuals should be aware that the courthouse observes certain legal holidays, and the court is closed on these days.

Criminal Matters in the South County Regional Center

When a defendant goes to the South County Regional Center, he or she should be prepared with certain information. The court requires that all defendants bring their case number, proper identification, a copy of the citation, the appearance letter, receipts for bail bonds or cash bail, jail release papers and payment for any fines or fees. The SCRC handles criminal matters involving misdemeanors, felonies and warrants. Court appearances are required for all of these matters.

Defendants should check with the court calendar to find out the location for their case. Individuals should go directly to the courtroom that they have been assigned for their case. If one does not see his or her case listed on a court calendar, then he or she should report to the Clerk’s Office.

Local Court Rules

The court follows certain local rules that must be honored by all individuals. All individuals are required to wear shirts and shoes. Pagers and cell phones must be turned off upon entrance into the courthouse. Individuals are not allowed to consume food or drinks in the courthouse, and weapons are also prohibited. Tanks and t-shirts may not be worn in the courthouse.

The court also states that individuals should not bring children to the courthouse. Some departments also do not allow individuals under the age of 18 to enter. The courthouse maintains a Children’s Waiting Room for children who may not be allowed to admit certain areas of the courthouse.

Bail Schedules and Guidelines

When a defendant appears for his or her arraignment, the judge will have the discretion to determine any bail amounts and conditions of release. The bail schedule contains a listing of the bail amounts that a judge may use in determining the amount of bail to set for a defendant. Often, bail amounts can exceed $10,000 or more for crimes. If a defendant requires financial assistance to reach the bail amount, then he or she can apply for a bail bond with a bail bond company. The company will usually require some form of collateral to secure the financing.

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