The Stanislaus County Main Courthouse is located in the downtown area of Modesto near the Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Gallo Center for the Arts. It is also within the proximity of good Modesto bail bonds companies that might be of service if you or a loved one have a court date at the courthouse.
Modesto Main Courthouse
If you’re visiting one of the following divisions, here’s a list of the hours so that you can obtain the services you need within each division’s time frame.
Civil Court Division – This division handles cases relating to small claims, probate and trusts, civil harassments, name changes, and unlawful detainment (i.e., eviction cases). The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. If you miss visiting the division during these hours and you need to submit case information, you may use the drop box. Documents may be placed in the drop box daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you have any questions regarding a civil case matter, you may call (209) 530-3100.
Criminal Division – If you have a criminal case related to felonies, misdemeanors or infractions, you may visit this division during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday or Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. When appearing in court, you must present your identification card, a copy of your citation, and proof of probation and order compliance.
Family Law – If you have a child custody, divorce, legal separation, child support or domestic violence case, this division handles case matters Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and on Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For advance preparation purposes, you can download Judicial Council forms. The Judicial Council also has a self-help website for additional services.
Grand Jury – If you need information regarding civil grand jury, criminal grand jury, civil grand jurors and alternates, you may visit this link to obtain more information.
Jury Duty – If you have been summoned to provide jury services, you may visit this link for instructions pertaining to a civil or criminal case. If you have any questions prior to arriving you may call (209) 269-4149.
Probate Division – If you have a legal matter relating to child guardianship, elder abuse, mental health treatment, wills, estates, or dependent adult restraining orders, you may visit here for instructions on referee representation, forms, and filing fees.
Small Claims – This division is open to visitors Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If you have a business related small claims matter, you may drop off your case documents in the drop box or at the Clerk office window. If you prefer to resolve your small claims issue through mediation, you may contact (209) 236-1577 or visit here for additional instructions. You may also visit the self-help office Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The self-help office is closed on Friday.
Traffic – Court hours for the traffic division are Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Fridays 8:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. You may also call the division Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Inquiries are also accepted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Detailed instructions regarding appearance procedures and compliance orders are available here
Form Filing Procedures
When filing court forms, you may fax your documents for a small fee or submit documents in the court drop box. Additional instructions can be found here
General Modesto Court Information
If you have questions regarding other services, you can access the Stanislaus County Main Courthouse link for general information by clicking here
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