San Diego Court (San Diego Superior Court)

The San Diego Superior Court system handles the business of law and law enforcement throughout the county in California, with San Diego as the county seat and by far the largest city. Criminal and civil cases, juvenile court, and jury duty regulations are centered in the San Diego Superior Court. In early March 2014, something new was added. The Family Court now offers a change for divorce filing in the county. Called the One Day Divorce, it is a pilot program to help eligible ex-married people complete a divorce in just one day, as opposed to the usual lengthy – and sometimes very lengthy – process. The two people represent themselves in court without attorneys and must have no contested issues. They talk to a family law expert and complete the necessary forms. Later in the day, if all goes as planned, they return to court to receive the final signed judgement.

In addition to new methods in the court system, San Diego Superior Court also handles the tested procedures, such as the business of bail bonds. A bail bond is simply a guarantee presented by a bail bondsman and known as a surely bond. It guarantees that the person who is charged with a crime will return to court at the specified date. The bondsman usually charges 10 percent of the total bail amount for this service. Bail rates re set by the California Department of Insurance, and the bonds are good for one year. The money is non-refundable.

The bail bond may guarantee that the charged person will show up in court, but what if that doesn’t happen? A so-called bench warrant is then issued to pick up the missing person, and the bail money is forfeited. If the person cannot be found within a specified period, a bondsman will be sent to find him or her. Often known as a bounty hunter, the bondsman usually either owns the bonding agency or works for it.

The bail bond is the most common way to get out of jail in San Diego Superior Court, as in most all U.S. courts. It is not, however, the only method. The court will also accept a so-called cash bond. In this case, the total amount of the bail must be given to the court in cash. If the charged person has no criminal record and is charged with a non-violent offense, he or she may be considered to be a slight risk. Therefore, the court may accept an O.R., release on own recognizance, as a bail bond. A Cite Out is another get-out-of-jail method. It is a citation that, much like a traffic ticket, requires the person to appear in court at the specified time but does not require the person to go to jail.

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