Frequently asked questions (FAQ's)


  • How do I check to see if the defendant has filed an answer on my case?
  • You can search the court records online by either case number or a name on the case. Contact the court location where your case is assigned for complete information on your matter.

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  • Do I have to appear at the court hearing?
  • Unless your hearing is taken off calendar, continued to another date, or the case is dismissed, you must appear at the hearing. Failure to appear at a scheduled hearing may result in the issuance of an Order to Show Cause Hearing for you to appear at a later date. At the Order to Show Cause Hearing you will be required to state why you didn’t appear at the previous hearing.

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  • How do I take a hearing off calendar?
  • Contact the court location where your case is assigned for complete information on taking your hearing off calendar.

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  • How do I check to see if the judge has signed my order?
  • You can search the court records online by either case number or a name on the case. You can also contact the court via phone.

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  • How do I complain about an attorney?
  • Contact the State Bar of California at 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, Ca. 94105-1639, 415.538.2000

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  • How do I file a complaint against a judge?
  • Contact the Commission on Judicial Performance, an independent state agency that handles complaints about California's judicial officers for judicial misconduct or wrongdoing. The complaint process is not intended to address complaints related to the merits of a case or a court's decision.

    The Commission on Judicial Performance is located at 455 Golden Gate Ave., Suite 14400, San Francisco, CA 94102-3660, 415-557-1200. Also, you can write a letter to the Presiding Judge located at 4050 Main Street, Riverside Ca. 92501.

    More information about the Commission on Judicial Appointments.

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