Most people resolve their civil disputes without going through trial, and ADR can often help.
ADR offers alternatives to trial including mediation, arbitration and settlement conferences.
These informal processes are usually faster, more private, less expensive and less stressful than litigation and trial.
Lawsuits in civil court can involve a range of areas involving disputes over money,
title or possession of real property, enforcing a contract, protecting one's civil rights,
or seeking compensation for a civil tort.
A criminal action is the proceeding by which a person charged with a public offense
is accused and brought to justice and punishment.
A criminal action is prosecuted in the name of the people of the State of California,
as a party, against the person charged with the offense.
The Enhanced Collections Division provides a service by assisting the public
in paying delinquent court ordered fines and fees. After a review of the debtor's
income and expenses realistic payment arrangements are established to meet the financial obligation.
Family Law Court handles cases in which people are ending a marriage or registered
domestic partnership, identifying a child’s legal parents, determining custody and visitation issues,
establishing or enforcing child and spousal support or dealing with domestic violence issues.
California is served by a grand jury system that provides a grand jury
in each county empowered by law to bring indictments or perform an oversight function into the
operation of county and municipal governments.
Small Claims court is a special civil court where disputes are resolved quickly and inexpensively.
The rules are simple and informal.
You may ask a lawyer for advice before you go to court,
but a lawyer is not allowed to represent you in court.