Redwood City Court (San Mateo Superior Court)

The Redwood City Court is a courthouse of the San Mateo Superior Court. The courthouse is located at 400 County Center, 4th Floor, Redwood City, CA 94063. The courthouse is open on Mondays through Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The courthouse is also open on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Children are not allowed into the courthouse, but the Redwood City Court provides a Children’s Waiting Room for the convenience of parents. Children may wait in the waiting room at no cost. The CWR is operated by the Superior Court Community Outreach project, and the room is located on the 2nd floor.

There are 13 divisions of the San Mateo Superior Court, and they are:
• Dispute Resolution
• Civil
• Criminal
• Complex Civil Litigation
• Family Law
• Family Court Services
• Grand Jury
• Juror Services
• Juvenile
• Probate
• Records Management
• Small Claims
• Traffic

The procedure of the Redwood City Court

There are certain procedures that the Redwood City Court follows in criminal cases. At the pretrial phase of a criminal case, the defendant will be arraigned and have the right to a bail hearing. At the arraignment, the defendant has the opportunity to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty or nolo condere. A judge has the duty to inquire into whether the defendant’s guilty plea is truly voluntary. At the bail hearing, the court will use the county bail schedule to determine the appropriate amount of bail for the defendant. The defendant may have the opportunity to request that the judge decrease the amount of bail. If a defendant is indigent, then a judge may take this into consideration in determining the amount of bail.

If bail has been set, then a defendant can work with a bail bond company to obtain the funds that he or she needs. The bail bond company will assess the financial standing of the defendant and will likely require collateral. A defendant can use cash, personal property, real estate, vehicles, and other items to serve as collateral. Friends and family members can also offer cash or personal property for collateral.

For a trial, these procedures include determining whether to hold a judge or jury trial, jury selection, hearings on evidence issues, opening statements, direct examination, cross-examination, redirect, rebuttals, closing arguments, jury instructions and jury deliberations. After this phase of the trial is complete, the verdict is read aloud. The judge determines the sentencing for the defendant.

Procedure for Handling Warrants

The Redwood City Courthouse has very specific procedures for handling an outstanding warrant for arrest. If a defendant wishes to surrender to the warrant for arrest, then he or she can go to the clerk’s office in the Redwood City Courthouse. At the clerk’s office, the defendant will need to submit a formal request to be placed on the court calendar for a hearing in which he or she will surrender to the arrest. A defendant may be able to schedule a hearing on the same day if he or she arrives at the clerk’s office before 8:30 a.m. on that day.

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