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Public Outreach Meeting on New Modesto Courthouse

Evening session April 29, 2016 for public dialogue with project team

What: A public outreach meeting on plans for the New Modesto Courthouse will update community members on progress to date and provide opportunities to provide input to the project team. A summary of preliminary results from online surveys to date will be shared, and the architects will provide an update on the project’s design vision, goals, and positioning.

Who:  Presenters will include staff from the Superior Court of Stanislaus County, the Judicial Council, and the architecture firm: Skidmore Owings and Merrill. The meeting is open to the public.

When: Friday, April 29, 2016, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm 

Where:  Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 1010 10th Street, Basement Level, Modesto

Why: In February, Stanislaus Superior Court officials released the first in a series of online surveys seeking the public’s input on the new courthouse in downtown Modesto, and will share initial results. Court officials anticipate continuing to post a new online survey each month over the next few months, with the goal of gathering input to create a user-friendly building. This session will share initial results and provide an additional opportunity for dialogue with the project team.
The courthouse, planned for a city block bounded by H and G streets and Ninth and 10th Streets, is currently in the first stage of architectural design. The current schedule calls for construction of the new courthouse to begin in June 2018 and completion in 2021.

The current survey seeks input from jurors:

 For more information about the project, visit the California court’s website at


Extended Clerk's Office Hours

Effective Tuesday July 5, 2016

Effective Tuesday, July 5, 2016, Stanislaus County Superior Court offices will extend service hours on Fridays by remaining open until 4:00 p.m.  This change does not affect the established court runner hours for the Civil and Family Law Divisions.

Document drop boxes are located outside the Family Law and Civil Division Clerk’s offices for filing papers or submitting payments.  Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 2.210(b) any document deposited in a court’s drop box up to and including 4:00 p.m. on a court day is deemed to have been deposited for filing on that day.


Turlock Courthouse Reopening

March 22, 2016

The Superior Court will reopen the Turlock Courthouse located at 300 Starr Avenue, Turlock, CA, effective January 4, 2016.  

The Courtroom will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays only, to hear Small Claims and Unlawful Detainer cases.

The Turlock Clerk’s Office will be open Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   

The Turlock Division also houses the newly established Records Division.  This newly formed division continuously images all types of Court records.  The Superior Court is working diligently toward a paperless Court in all areas of law.  The Court was able to reopen the Turlock Branch utilizing repurposed work stations, courtroom seating and other equipment from the Los Angeles and Yolo Superior Courts.


Amnesty Program

March 22, 2016

California Superior Courts in all 58 counties are offering a limited-time Amnesty Program for certain outstanding traffic debts.  The Stanislaus County Superior Court Traffic Division Amnesty Program is limited to three days per week.

No Amnesty Program business will be conducted on Mondays or Tuesdays.   The Traffic Amnesty Program windows will be operational on the following days of the week:     

Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Amnesty Participation Program information is available on the Court’s website at The Amnesty Participation Application form is also available on the Court’s website under Traffic Forms,  Forms are also available only during Amnesty Program business hours (Wednesday through Friday) as noted above at the Traffic Division Clerk’s Office at 2260 Floyd Avenue, Modesto CA. 


Court Media Credential Badge Application INSTRUCTIONS:

Only emailed or hand-delivered applications will be accepted.

  1. Complete the Court Media Credential Badge Application: Court Media Credential Badge Application
    • Save this file to your computer
    • Complete the form
    • Attach the completed form to an email
    • In the same email, also attach a photo of yourself – Photo requirements: jpeg photo (2” x 2”)
    • Email the application and photo by Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm to:
  2. Pick up the badge in person – signature and ID required!
    • Thursday, October 8, 2015 – Noon – 4:00 pm
      800 – 11th Street, Room 100, Modesto, CA
  3. Read posted copy of the Decorum Order For Media 10/05/15
    • A signature page is required and will be available when picking up the badge to acknowledge receipt and agreement to comply with the terms.



The Carson et al. Preliminary Hearing is set to begin in Department 26 of the Stanislaus County Superior Court on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 10.00 am, with a 3 - 4 week time estimate. Due to the size constraints of the courtroom and the media interest, it is necessary to create a reserved seating plan for news agencies. The Court will be establishing permanent courtroom media seating credential passes (as opposed to a daily assignment) for the preliminary hearing.

There will only be 10 permanent seats allotted for the media. All media attending this hearing must be credentialed.

One permanent media seat will be available for each outlet on a first-come, first-served basis, forthe first 10 outlets that respond. Outlets will be limited to only one permanent seat. Any remainingcourtroom seats designated as media seats as well as seats available in the Listening Room will be distributed via a daily lottery conducted in the Media Corral each morning of the preliminary hearing from 8:00am until 8:30am.

A current valid photo identification card must be presented to receive a Court media credential. You must pick up your credential in person. A signature will be required not only to acknowledge receipt of credentials but also to acknowledge media’s agreement to abide by DECORUM ORDER FOR MEDIA. This order will be posted separately on Monday October 5, 2015.

A media-seating chart will be available the first day of the hearing.

Court media credentials must be worn at all times and are needed to gain entry to the courtroom and the listening room.

Instructions as to how to obtain credentials will be available on the following website, by noon, Monday October 5, 2015.

Credentials can be picked up beginning noon Tuesday October 6, 2015 through noon October 9, 2015 in room 100, 800 11thSt. Modesto, CA.

The Court will continue to offer public seating in the courtroom and the listening room and those passes will be handled through a lottery process.


California Superior Courts in all 58 counties are offering a 50% or 80% off discount on some old unpaid traffic tickets.  It’s a limited-time “Amnesty Program”for certain outstanding court debts.

  • The program begins October 1, 2015, and ends March 31, 2017.
  • Only traffic tickets with due dates of on or before January 1, 2013 are eligible .
  • Parking tickets, driving under the influence (DUI), and reckless driving cases are NOT eligible .

To qualify for the 50% discount, all of the following conditions must be met:

  • Failure to Appear Cases
    • Case is currently at a failure-to-appear status and the appearance date was on or before January 1, 2013.
  • Failure to Pay Cases
    • Due date was on or before January 1, 2013.
    • The last payment was made on or before June 24, 2015.
    • Not currently making payments on the ticket to a collection agency.
  • You do not owe restitution to a victim on any case within the county where the traffic case was filed.
  • You have no outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants within the county where the traffic case was filed.
  • Other eligibility requirements may vary from county to county.

To qualify for the 80% discount, all of the following conditions must alsobe met:

  • You must meet all 50% discount conditions PLUS
  • You must certify under penalty of perjury that monthly income is 125 percent less than the current federal poverty guidelines.
  • You must certify under penalty of perjury receipt of specified public benefits.

All Amnesty applicants will be required to complete an Amnesty Participation form, and pay a $50.00 Amnesty Program fee.

After October 1st, 2015, visit us at:

  • 2260 Floyd Avenue, Modesto, CA 95355
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Friday. 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Visit our Website:

Public Amnesty Additional Information

Additional information about the Amnesty Program, authorized by Assembly Bill 85, is available on the California Courts Amnesty Program partner website:


Public Amnesty FAQs

Frequently asked questions regarding the amnesty program can also be found on the following California Amnesty Program partner website:


The Superior Court of California, County of Stanislaus is issuing the following information regarding The People vs. Frank Carson, Baljit Athwal, Daljit Atwal, Walter Wells, Georgia DeFilippo, Christina DeFilippo, Scott McFarlane and Eduardo Quintanar, case no. 1490969.

  • The hearings will be conducted in Department 26 located at 1130 12th Street, Suite C, Modesto, between K and L Streets.
  • There is no public, media or attorney parking available at the Department 26 location at 1130 12th Street, Suite C.  Only street parking is available.
  • All attorneys, members of the media and general public shall be required to enter, after going through security screening, and exit the courtroom through the main entrance at 1130 12th Street, Suite C.


  • As seating is limited, members of the media shall be given an email link on the Court’s website ( through which they may apply for a seat in the courtroom at upcoming hearings.  The email link is Media.access@stanct.orgPlease include the name of the person that is authorized to pick up the pass in the request.  Up to three (3) seats shall be reserved at each hearing for members of the media in each of the three (3) different categories:  1) local media, 2) California-based media, and 3) National/International media.  If there are more applicants for media seating in any given category than there are available seats, the Court shall use a lottery method to rotate the reserved seats.  If there are fewer applicants for media seating than available seats in any given category, the unused seats may be assigned to the media organizations in the other two categories.
  • At this time, cameras will be barred from the courtroom.  See Order Re:  Media filed September 10, 2015.
  • The distribution of the media passes will be at 8:30 am at the department 26 location, 1130 12th Street, Suite C, the morning of the scheduled hearing date.  Schedule below.


  • A limited number of seats shall be reserved for members of the general public in Department 26 and the Listening Room.  These seats will be available on a first come, first serve basis and will require a pass that will be distributed by the Court prior to each hearing.
    • Courtroom passes will be distributed first and then Listening Room passes will be distributed.  Distribution of passes will begin at 8:30 am at the department 26 location, 1130 12th Street, Suite C, the morning of the scheduled hearing date.  The exact location of the distribution will be marked by a white “X” painted on the public sidewalk by the parking lot North entrance/exit.  The line will extend via the public sidewalk.  There will be no standby passes distributed.
  • The courthouse does not have electrical outlets outside of the building available for use by the general public or media.

Pass Distribution

  • Distribution of passes will begin at 8:30 am at the department 26 location, 1130 12th Street, Suite C.
  • Pass Distribution Schedule:
    September 21, 2015: 8:30 am Media and Public Passes Only
    September 25, 2015: 8:30 am Media, Public and Listening Room Passes
    October 1, 2015: 8:30 am Media, Public and Listening Room Passes
    October 2, 2015: 8:30 am Media, Public and Listening Room Passes

    All passes shall be returned to the designated location at the magnetometer (security) prior to leaving for the day.

Please email any questions to

Stanislaus Superior Court Announces Plans to Start a Veterans Court

The Superior Court of California, County of Stanislaus is pleased to announce the establishment of a new collaborative court that will serve veterans starting in January, 2016.  The court will be partnering with the California Veteran’s Legal Task Force, Veterans Administration, Stanislaus County Behavior Health & Recovery Services, Stanislaus District Attorney, Stanislaus Public Defender, Stanislaus Probation Department, Aging & Veterans Services, California Department of Corrections, and the Modesto Veteran’s Center.

The goal of the court will be to provide support and services to address underlying issues that affect the community with the intent of re-connecting the individual with society in a productive, healthy manner; intervene early, and promptly, placing qualified individuals in a collaborative court program; provide access to a continuum of services, including treatment and rehabilitation services; provide ongoing judicial interaction with each individual participant; and strengthen partnerships among public agencies and service providers to increase the availability of services.

The Court received approximately $500,000 through the Judicial Council.  As part of the Budget Act of 2014, the Legislature allocated $15 million from the Recidivism Reduction Fund for a competitive grant program to be administered by the Judicial Council of California.  The funds are designated for courts to use in the administration and operation of programs and practices known to reduce offender recidivism and enhance public safety.

Stanislaus County currently has a veteran population of approximately 27,000.  Of this, women comprise approximately 5 percent.   Approximately 4 percent of the overall jail population in the county is comprised of veterans.  The court will serve all veterans.

Last updated: June 27, 2016 11:15 AM