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San Mateo County Superior Court - Southern Branch
Hall of Justice and Records
400 County Center
Phone: 650-261-5100 (Civil, Family Law, Probate)
Phone: 650-261-5200 (Criminal)
Phone: 650-261-5015 (Small Claims)
The Hall of Justice and Records Southern Branch hears civil, criminal, family law, small claims, and probate cases.
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Online Court Resources
Resources for the San Mateo County Superior Court - Southern Branch as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in San Mateo County, California, and resources applicable to all courts in California.
Search court case records
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Published opinions and orders
Forms and related information
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.
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.
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.
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Self help, legal research, general information
San Mateo County Law Library
View information about the San Mateo County Law Library, including location, hours, an online catalog, available materials and services, and links to additional online resources.
San Mateo County Superior Court Probate Cases
View information about probate cases in San Mateo County Superior Court, with links to an overview of asset distribution upon death of an individual, guardianships, forms, and additional resources.
San Mateo County Superior Court Traffic Case Information
View information about traffic cases in San Mateo County Superior Court, including appearances, fine payments, extensions, traffic school, and red light camera tickets. A link to a searchable list of approved traffic schools is included.
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 Court Rules
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California Courts - Legal Information and Legal Resources
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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 Law Libraries
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California Legal Document Assistance
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Search California codes by name of code and section, browse codes by table of contents, or search by name of code and keywords.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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San Mateo County Lawyer Referrals
The San Mateo County Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by telephone or online request for a small fee, which includes an initial consultation with an attorney.
San Mateo County Legal Assistance
View information about the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, which provides free civil legal assistance to low-income and senior residents.
Bay Area Legal Assistance
View information about Bay Area Legal Aid, which provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties. A legal advice hotline number and links to additional resources are included.
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.
California Rural Legal Assistance
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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.
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.
Free and Low-Cost Legal Services Information
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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 and cities served or an alphabetical list.
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.