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Research Request Form

January 16, 2020

The Court does not confirm personal or case information about a party's identity over the phone or by email unless there is a Court business need to do so to assist a party with their case, a party's attorney, a party's designee, or a justice partner agency. Personal information includes details such as date of birth, last four digits of a Social Security Number, address, or a driver's license number. Individuals seeking personal information about a party may visit the courthouse to look up information on a court provided computer or submit a Research Request Form.

Coronavirus (Covid - 19) Information

March 13, 2020

For more information regarding the Coronavirus, please click here.

COVID-19 information for Parents Sharing Custody

April 3, 2020

A video has been created to provide some information to parents sharing custody during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Click here to watch the video.

The goal of these recommendations is to encourage the parties to follow their parenting plan as closely as possible, as doing so will ensure a level of consistency and stability that is in the children's best interests. These recommendations recognize California's policy of: assuring minor children frequent and continuing contact with parents who have shown the ability to act in the children's best interests; encouraging such parents to share in the rights and responsibilities of raising their children; encouraging parents to develop their own parenting plan and grant them discretion in developing such a plan; and considering the best interests of the children and safety of the parties in developing a parenting plan.

Please Click Here to read Recommended Court Clarification.

Drop Box Notice

April 22, 2020

In order to promote the health and safety of our employees as well as mitigate community spread of the COVID-19/Coronavirus during this pandemic, the Stanislaus County Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services which includes most filings.

Customers with emergency filings will be contacted by phone when their documents are ready for pick up. If no phone number is provided, documents will be mailed to the address provided.

All other filings will be handled when time permits and documents will be mailed out if an address is provided. If no address is provided, filers that provide a phone number will be contacted once the court reopens for business.

Appointments Now Required for Traffic Court

June 22, 2020

Appointments are now required to appear in court on traffic citations.  For more information, please click here: appointments

Civil Court Records Now Available Online

November 12, 2020

Click here to access court records in Civil cases.

Court Issues Order Limiting Access to Modesto Courthouse

November 30, 2020

EFFECTIVE December 1, 2020, public access to Modesto Main Courthouse is restricted to authorized persons only and measures to enforce social distancing in courthouse hallways and courtrooms will be strictly enforced as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations surge in Stanislaus County.

Under General Order 2020-023, public access to courthouses is limited to, parties, attorneys, summoned jurors, subpoenaed witnesses, court security personnel, court employees, law enforcement appearing in court as part of their official duties, individuals filing documents or requesting assistance from the clerk's office, one (1) support person pursuant to Family Code section 6303, approved vendors, contractors and delivery persons, and any other individuals who have been permitted by Court order.

In an effort to meet its statutory duties and also safeguard the well-being of the public it serves, on June 22, 2020, the Stanislaus Superior Court adopted an emergency rule of court, which required all persons entering any courthouse in the county to wear a face covering. The Court based the rule on a guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health, which required face coverings to be worn in buildings open to the public.

However, it is not possible or practicable to constantly monitor and enforce COVID-19 requirements in the Modesto Main Facility. Some court users, including attorneys and parties, continue to remove their face coverings after entering the building, wear their masks improperly and fail to observe social distancing in the public areas. In the interest of enforcing social distancing and to reduce the number of people in courthouses, effective Tuesday, December 1, 2020, members of the public, not otherwise referenced above, who wish to attend a court proceeding may do so upon advance request and at the discretion of the judicial officer presiding over the matter.

Instructions on how to make such a request are available on the Court’s website at https://www.stanct.org/request-attend-court-hearing.

In addition, all non-confidential hearings in criminal cases are livestreamed by video and can be accessed at https://www.stanct.org/node/4199553. As a reminder, California Rules of Court, rule 1.150, prohibits the recording or broadcasting of court proceedings. Video livestreams of court proceedings, hearings or trials may not be recorded or rebroadcast, without first obtaining a court order.

This General Order 2020-023 only applies to the Modesto Main Courthouse, located at 800 11th Street, and the adjoining Family Law Clerk’s Office located at 1100 I Street.

Click Here to view this complete released media notice.

Family Law - Virtual Courtroom (Zoom) Instructions & Responsibilities

January 20, 2021

Click Here to read this in Spanish.
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In response to the COVID-19 state of emergency and to provide access to the Court under shelter in place orders, Stanislaus Superior Court, Family Law Division is implementing “Virtual Court” via remote video technology for contested hearings by stipulation of the parties.

These Instructions & Responsibilities are designed to ensure full and fair hearings for all participants and to mitigate to the extent feasible any difficulties or disadvantages inherent in the technology.

The judge presiding over the virtual courtroom has the same authority to enforce these Instructions & Responsibilities, as the judge has presiding over a non-virtual hearing or trial.  (Code Civ. Proc., § 128(a)). 


 

  1. Be on time
    Please ensure all equipment is fully tested in advance so that you are ready when court starts. Stanislaus Superior Court is not responsible to provide technical assistance.

    * Please see the Court’s Zoom Quick Start guideEnglish Instructions and Spanish Instructions.  For detailed audio/video guidelines and troubleshooting please see:  https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us.  *

  2. Frame the camera correctly
    When you're on video make sure to:
    1. Frame your camera in a way that feels natural and allows you to look directly at the camera.
    2. Choose a spot where the background is courtroom appropriate and with no bright lights behind you.
    3. Always speak into the computer microphone and do not get up and walk around during hearings.
    4. Turn your camera off unless actively participating in the hearing, this will reduce the number of concurrent participants on the screen.
  3. Wear Court-appropriate attire
    All persons who appear in any virtual courtroom shall dress appropriately as if they were appearing in person in a traditional courtroom setup. The following shall not be worn while appearing via video: sunglasses, hats, tank tops, or any other attire inconsistent with the traditional dignity of the court.

  4. Mute yourself when not speaking
    Even though you may not be speaking and think you are being quiet, most microphones (including phones) can pick up minor background noises, like coughs, sneezes, paper handling, or typing. These sounds can easily distract other participants, including the court reporter who might not be able to properly transcribe the proceeding.
  5. Let everybody know who is speaking
    In the virtual courtroom, it is very important that participants know who is talking. Please start speaking by stating your name, and then speak as slowly and clearly as you can. This will help the Judge, clerk, court reporter, and everyone else to understand what you are saying.
  6. No recording or broadcasting allowed
    Photographing, videotaping, televising, or otherwise recording any virtual court proceeding is prohibited unless a written request has been filed and approved by the Judge presiding at the proceeding prior to the commencement of the proceeding. No one may transmit, record, or take pictures in any portion of the video session except as permitted by these rules and Rule 1.150 of the California Rules of Court.

  7. Evidence
    Each participant is responsible for sharing evidence during a virtual proceeding.
    1. All exhibits will be pre-marked either numerically (for Petitioner) or alphabetically (for Respondent).
    2. The offering party will provide copies of all pre-marked exhibits to the opposing party or parties at least ten (10) days before trial. The offering party will also provide copies of any exhibits at least ten (10) days before trial to any witnesses that will be asked to testify regarding the exhibits or will be confronted with them during the course of their testimony.
    3. The offering party shall lodge with the Family Law Clerk's office all exhibits to be offered at trial at least ten (10) days before trial.
    4. If there are documents that were recently discovered or obtained after the ten (10) day period, or that are to be used solely for impeachment purposes, it is the offering party’s responsibility to ensure that true and correct copies are lodged with the Court in time for the hearing and that the exhibits or impeachment materials are viewable in real time on screen, and legible if written, to the Court and all participants, including witnesses, parties and/or their attorneys. Failure to comply with this requirement may be deemed, in the Court’s discretion, grounds to exclude such documents or exhibits from evidence.
  8. Interpreters
    If the case requires an interpreter:

    The Court will only supply an interpreter if one is available and the parties provide sufficient notice to the interpreter coordinator. (See Local Rules, rule 3.10 and rule 7.26(B) [Family Law].)

    Interpreter requests must be received a minimum of two (2) days prior to the hearing for the following languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Portuguese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean, Tongan.

    If any other language is desired, a minimum of seven (7) days' notice is required; a timely request for an interpreter does not guarantee the Court will be able to supply one

    Please submit all interpreter requests through the Court's website.

    Counsel who need to have a private conversation with their client and are utilizing a Court provided interpreter, please phone the interpreter coordinator at 650-261-5023, and we will connect you with an interpreter on standby who may assist you.

  9. Reporters
    Remote reporting is not permitted.  An in-person court reporter may be obtained as per Local Rules.  (See Local Rules, rule 7.26(C).) 

 

Face Covering Requirement Effective 6/21/21

June 28, 2021

PUBLIC NOTICE

Stanislaus County Superior Court - Face Covering Requirement

Effective June 21, 2021

 

The Superior Court of California, County of Stanislaus requires all patrons wear a face covering while in any Stanislaus Superior Court facility.  This policy applies to all persons entering a courthouse, including court employees, attorneys, parties, witnesses, law enforcement and members of the public, regardless of vaccination status.

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