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Frequently Asked Questions - Civil & Family Law
The court cannot provide legal advice or answer legal questions.
Legal questions should be addressed to an attorney or the legal aid office. You may reach the local Self-help Legal Aid Office at (209) 754-1443.
When are motions heard?
- FAMILY LAW - Tuesdays at 9:00a.m. in Department 1, unless the regular judge has been disqualified. Please call the court for the date and time if disqualification.
- UNLIMITED CIVIL - Tuesdays at 10:00a.m. in Department 1, unless the regular judge has been disqualified. Please call the court for the date and time if disqualification.
- LIMITED CIVIL - Wednesdays at 2:00p.m. in Department 2, unless the regular judge has been disqualified. Please call the court for the date and time if disqualification.
When are ex-parte motions heard?
- Department 1 - Monday through Friday at 11:45 a.m.
- Department 2 - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.
Friday at 10:30 a.m.
- Department 3 - Contact Court for available dates.
May I appear by telephone?
You may appear by telephone for case management conferences, trial setting conferences, and some civil and probate motions. For settlement conferences, small claims, family law motions, and trials, you must appear in person.
What is the difference between a minute order and transcript? How may I order a transcript?
A minute order if the clerk's brief record of what took place in court. A transcript is the court reporter's word-for-word record. You may contact the court reporter directly by mail or phone at (209) 754-9810. Costs and payment arrangements are made directly with the court reporter.
In which newspapers may I place a publication in Calaveras County?
You may use the Calaveras Enterprise (located in San Andreas) or the Daily News (located in Valley Springs).