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This page lists online resources for the Sonoma County Superior Court - Civil and Family Law Courthouse, online resources applicable to courts generally in Sonoma County, California, as well as resources applicable to all courts in California.


Searching Case Records

Sonoma County Superior Court Recently Filed Cases
Search Sonoma County Superior Court recently filed civil, family law, probate and small claims cases by case type, date range, case number or keyword.

Dockets, calendars, and other information about court cases

Sonoma County Superior Court Schedules and Calendars
View Sonoma County Superior Court weekly civil, family law, probate, and criminal schedules by court division and judge. Search the daily criminal calendar by party name, alias, attorney name, or case number. Search the civil case calendar by case number, party name, attorney name, or courtroom and date. View the civil settlement conference schedule by date.

Published opinions and orders

Sonoma County Superior Court Tentative Rulings
View Sonoma County Superior Court tentative rulings by judge, event type, case number, and name.
Attorney General Legal Opinions
Search California Attorney General legal opinions from 1986 to current.

Self help, legal research, general information

Sonoma County Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution
View information about Sonoma County Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution, which includes mediation, arbitration, and neutral evaluation and can help parties resolve disputes without going to court. Links to additional information and a searchable roster of mediators are included.
Sonoma County Superior Court Self-Help
View Sonoma County Superior Court self-help information, including the Family Law Facilitator, domestic violence, elder/dependent abuse, restraining orders, community services, and a glossary of legal terms.
Sonoma County Small Claims and Landlord-Tenant Advice
View information about the Sonoma County Small Claims Advisory Clinic, which provides free legal advice to parties with small claims and landlord-tenant issues.
Sonoma County Superior Court Family Law Facilitator
View information about the Sonoma County Superior Court Family Law Facilitator, who helps self-represented parties in family law cases.
Sonoma County Superior Court Rules
View and download the local rules of Sonoma County Superior Court.
Sonoma County Superior Court Traffic Case Information
View information about traffic cases in Sonoma County Superior Court, including fine payment, court appearances, traffic school, and extensions.
Sonoma County Law Library
View information about the Sonoma County Public Law Library, including location, hours, available materials and services, and links to self-help and community resources.
Sonoma County Superior Court Family Court Services
View information about Sonoma County Superior Court Family Court Services, which provides child custody mediation and help with parenting plans for divorcing or separating parties.
Sonoma County Superior Court Juvenile Case Information
View information about juvenile cases in Sonoma County Superior Court, including court location and jurisdiction, types of offenses, forms, record sealing, and standing orders.
Sonoma County Superior Court Probate Information
View information about probate cases in Sonoma County Superior Court, including an overview of estate administration, conservatorships, and guardianships of minors, and frequently asked questions.
California Courts - Legal Information and Legal Resources
View California Courts self-help information on court procedure, legal research, lawyers and legal help, small claims, families and children, divorce or separation, abuse and harassment, housing, name change, traffic, seniors and conservatorship, financial issues, criminal law, and appeals. Links to additional online resources and a glossary of terms are included.
Online Law Library Services
Several California law libraries provide staff for the AskNow law librarian service, which provides online answers to legal reference questions and referrals for further research.
LawHelp California Legal Information and Legal Resources
LawHelp California offers legal information and other resources for many legal issues, including housing, family issues, benefits, domestic violence, employment, small claims, veterans and military, civil rights, immigration, disability, estates, and Native American issues. Legal information is also available in a wide range of languages.
Child Support Services
The California Department of Child Support Services offers information and services related to child support, including online case information, online child support calculator, paternity establishment and contact information for local offices.
Traffic and Motor Vehicle Information
The California Department of Motor Vehicles offers information about traffic laws, driver licenses, and vehicle registration.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
View resources for preventing foreclosure in California, including local housing counseling agencies, information, state agencies and programs, and a link to legal aid providers.
California Statutes
Search California codes by name of code and section, browse codes by table of contents, or search by name of code and keywords.
California Law Libraries
View a list of California county law libraries, with contact information, hours, maps, and links to available local law library websites.
Legal Research Information
The Council of California County Law Librarians offers an online class in how to conduct legal research.
Legal Research Links
The Council of California County Law Librarians offers a categorized list of links to state and national legal resources, including general research, laws, regulations, courts, forms, and rules.
Search California Traffic Safety Institute Traffic Schools
The California Traffic Safety Institute provides lists of classroom and home-study traffic schools, searchable by county. Classroom schools are available in all counties; home-study schools are currently available in 27 counties.
California Legal Document Assistance
View information about California Legal Document Assistants, who help self-represented parties prepare and file legal documents for a fee. Search for a member in your area by name, area code, zip code, city, county, or service performed.
California Court Rules
View and download statewide California Rules of Court by case type and local Superior Court rules by county.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
View information about Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes, which include mediation, arbitration, neutral evaluation, and settlement conferences, and can help parties resolve disputes without going to court. A link to local Superior Court ADR programs is included.
California Courts - Small Claims Information
View California Courts information on Small Claims cases, including research and trial preparation, filing or responding to a claim, collection or appeal of a judgment, and judgment payment options.
California Courts - Wills, Estates, and Probate Information
View California Courts information about wills, estates, and probate cases, including an overview of asset distribution upon death of an individual, will validity, and the process of administering a probate estate.

Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral

Sonoma County Public Defender
View information about the Sonoma County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants.
Sonoma County Legal Assistance
Legal Aid of Sonoma County provides free civil legal help to low-income residents involved in domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, habitability and eviction, and barriers to employment.
Sonoma County Lawyer Referral
The Sonoma County Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service, which can also set up an initial consultation for a small fee.
Free and Low-Cost Legal Services Information
View information about sources of free and low-cost legal services, including court-based services, legal aid agencies, governmnent agencies, lawyer referral services, law schools, dispute resolution programs, and prepaid legal sevice plans.
Free Legal Help
LawHelp California offers a directory of California organizations that provide free and reduced-fee legal services. The directory can be searched by counties served or an alphabetical list.
California Bar Association - Attorney Information and Discipline Records
The California Bar Association offers an attorney search by name or bar number and a search for legal specialists. Search results include contact information, date of bar admission, schools attended, and any public disciplinary records. Links to information about obtaining discipline records and the discipline system is included.
Find an Attorney For Public Records Access
Find attorneys that specialize in cases related to public records, including court records, open meetings, protections for whistleblowers, and invasion of privacy. Search options include name, location and legal issue.
Find a Lawyer, Referral Services, and Complaint Procedures
The State Bar of California offers advice on how to find a lawyer, a search of its membership by name or bar number, and a search of lawyer referral services by county. It also provides instructions for filing a complaint against a lawyer, resolving a fee dispute, and applying for reimbursement for attorney misconduct.
Find Interpreters
The Judicial Council of California offers an online search of court interpreters by language spoken and county. Includes links to interpreter resources and an online search for medical interpreters.
Limited-Scope Representation
View information about limited-scope representation, in which lawyers provide some services to self-represented parties for a smaller fee than full representation. Services may include advice about the case, representation on some issues in the case, document and evidence preparation, coaching, discovery, research, and other tasks as agreed.
California Rural Legal Assistance
View information about California Rural Legal Assistance, which provides free legal assistance to low-income rural residents of approximately one third of California's counties. Most services involve civil rights, community development, education, health, housing, labor, and employment.

Forms and related information

Sonoma County Superior Court Forms
View and download a variety of forms and form packets for use in Sonoma County Superior Court.
California State Superior Court Forms
View and download California court forms by form name or form number, select a group of forms by type of case, or view a list of recently changed forms.
AOC Records Request Form and Information
The Administrative Office of the Courts offers an online request form and information about how to request records maintained by the Office, the Judicial Council or the appellate courts.
Attorney Complaint Forms and Information
The State Bar of California offers information and resources related to complaints about an attorney, including an online complaint form.
Self-Help Forms
View the I-Can online legal application to assist with filling out California Superior Court forms.
Interactive Online Forms
Answer a series of questions about your case, and TurboCourt - EZLegalFile will prepare the appropriate family law, small claims, evictions, domestic violence, guardianship, and child support forms for you to file in California Superior Courts. A convenience fee applies.

Online fine payments

Pay Sonoma County Superior Court Traffic Tickets and Traffic School
Pay Sonoma County Superior Court traffic tickets online by agency, citation number, and date of birth. Sign up and pay for traffic school at the same time.
Pay City of Petaluma Parking Tickets
Pay City of Petaluma parking tickets online by agency name and citation or case number, license plate number, or notice reference number. A processing fee applies.
Pay City of Santa Rosa Parking Tickets
Pay City of Santa Rosa parking tickets online by ticket number and license plate or VIN number.

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