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Announcement

Posted June 22, 2020

Humboldt Court information regarding COVID-19

Effective March 17th, 2020 the Humboldt Superior Court was closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For the safety of our court users, staff, and community, and at the recommendation of state and local officials and the centers for disease control, the court is significantly reducing operations that require gatherings of people. Many cases have been rescheduled and notice of the new hearing date will be sent to you or your attorney. If you have received multiple notices to appear, please validate the date to appear prior to arriving by checking the online calendars on the Court’s website. Please do not call County offices for court information; review the information contained on this page or contact your attorney if you are represented. This website will be updated as needed, please refer back for the most current information.

Public Court hearings are streaming live and may be viewed on-line using the links in the Public Hearings section on this page.

PRESS RELEASE – Notice to Public about 8:00 a.m. Arraignments in Courtroom #8

PRESS RELEASE – Humboldt Superior Court to resume jury trials

Notice to Public Regarding Felony Out of Custody Arraignments

PRESS RELEASE – Court facilities closed to public

Administrative Order No.: 2020-009 RE: Misdemeanor Settlement Court Review Hearings

Administrative Order No.: 2020-010 RE: Reinstatement of 2020 Bal Schedule - Effective June 20, 2020

Temporary COVID-19 Local Rule No. 3 with accompanying Administrative Order is adopted effective immediately.

Due to the state of emergency created by the COVID-19 Pandemic, Temporary COVID-19 Local Rule No. 1 and No. 2 are adopted effective immediately.

Temporary COVID-19 Local Rule No. 1 and No. 2

PRESS RELEASE – Video Appearance and Court Phone Hours
PRESS RELEASE – Calendars
PRESS RELEASE – Civil and Restraining Orders

For a full listing of California Judicial Council COVID-19 related press releases and orders: https://newsroom.courts.ca.gov/coronavirus-updates

HUMBOLDT COURT INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19


  • The Clerk’s office is closed to the public. The drop box is open for necessary filings- the appropriate number of copies and any payment required MUST be provided for filings placed in the drop box.
    • Do Not place cash in the drop box, only check or money order will be accepted- please write your case number on your check or money order.
    • Please note that documents placed in the drop box will be processed based on priority and urgency as determined by the Court.
  • All criminal misdemeanor cases with outstanding fine amounts owed have been extended 180 days for payment.
  • All time waived criminal matters will be rescheduled by mailed notice.
  • All in-custody or time not waived matters are called as scheduled using remote video conferencing. Streaming links for the public are available in the Public Hearings section on this page. If you are out of custody please contact your attorney for further information regarding your case. 
  • Calendar information is posted on our webpage.

  • The Clerk’s office is closed to the public. The drop box is open for necessary filings- the appropriate number of copies and any payment required MUST be provided for filings placed in the drop box.
    • Do Not place cash in the drop box, only check or money order will be accepted- please write your case number on your check or money order.
    • Please note that documents placed in the drop box will be processed based on priority and urgency as determined by the Court.
  • Traffic matters previously scheduled for arraignment or court trial will be rescheduled and notices sent to current address.
  • All traffic cases have had the due date for appearance or payment extended 180 days.
  • All traffic cases with outstanding pay plans and amounts due have been extended 180 days.
  • If you received a citation and have not received a reminder notice from the court your citation may not have been processed and will be processed once the court is able to resume regular business practices. Please note- all notices from the court are mailed to the address which you provided the officer when you received the citation.
  • If you have previously received notice from the court for your traffic citation and would like to take care of the matter you may visit our payments website.
  • All mailed in payments will be processed.
  • All traffic school completions will be processed.

Information for Parents Sharing Custody or Parenting Time of Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • The Clerk’s office is closed to the public. The drop box is open for necessary filings- the appropriate number of copies and any payment required MUST be provided for filings placed in the drop box. 
    • Do Not place cash in the drop box, only check or money order will be accepted- please write your case number on your check or money order.
    • Please note that documents placed in the drop box will be processed based on priority and urgency as determined by the Court.
  • The Self Help Center is closed for in-person appointments.
    • Please visit our webpage for on-line resources.
    • For family law, small claims, unlawful detainers, and restraining orders you may email the self-help center at court.selfhelp@humboldtcourt.ca.gov.
  • All Child Support matters will be rescheduled and re-noticed.
  • All previously scheduled family law matters will be rescheduled by notice.
  • All emergency orders will be processed in the standard timeframes. Any temporary orders previously issued remain in effect and will continue to remain in effect until further notice.

  • The Clerk’s office is closed to the public. The drop box is open for necessary filings- the appropriate number of copies MUST be provided for filings placed in the drop box.
  • All juvenile matters will be called as scheduled please contact your attorney for information regarding your case.
  • Confidential juvenile matters are not open to the public.
  • Any public matters in juvenile cases will be called as scheduled using remote video or audio conferencing and streaming links for the public are available here.

  • The Clerk’s office is closed to the public. The drop box is open for necessary filings- the appropriate number of copies and any payment required MUST be provided for filings placed in the drop box.
    • Do Not place cash in the drop box, only check or money order will be accepted- please write your case number on your check or money order.
    • Please note that documents placed in the drop box will be processed based on priority and urgency as determined by the Court.
  • All previously scheduled matters will be reset by mailed notice.

  • The Clerk’s office is closed to the public. The drop box is open for necessary filings- the appropriate number of copies MUST be provided for filings placed in the drop box.
  • All emergency orders will be processed in the standard timeframes. Any temporary orders previously issued remain in effect and will continue to remain in effect until further notice.
  • For family law, small claims, unlawful detainers, and restraining orders you may email the self-help center at selfhelp@humboldtcourt.ca.gov.

  • The Clerk’s office is closed to the public. The drop box is open for necessary filings- the appropriate number of copies MUST be provided for filings placed in the drop box.
  • For family law, small claims, unlawful detainers, and restraining orders you may email the self-help center at selfhelp@humboldtcourt.ca.gov.

  • The jury services office is currently closed and all jury trials will be rescheduled.
  • The court will send jury summons at a future date to be determined.

  • To request transcripts please call 707-445-7256 and follow the prompts.

Special Announcement

Posted March 26, 2020

ONLINE VIDEO HEARINGS

JOIN YOUR HEARING ONLINE

To participate in a video hearing, please use the link below for your case:

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Department 6

Department 8

Please review the following documents for instructions on connecting to a remote hearing:
Online Hearing Connection Instructions
Video Conferencing Best Practices

VIEW PUBLIC HEARINGS

Click below to view court proceedings open to the public. 

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Department 5

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Department 8

This public access broadcast cannot be reproduced or re-broadcast without the express written approval of Humboldt Superior Court.
Court California Court Rule 1.150(c).

Any violation of this rule or an order made under this rule is an unlawful interference with the proceedings of the court and may be the basis for an order terminating media coverage, a citation for contempt of court, or an order imposing monetary or other sanctions as provided by law. CRC 1.150(f).

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Locations & Contact Information

Humboldt County Courthouse
825 Fifth Street, Eureka, CA 95501

Clerk’s Office: Case Inquiries, Filing, or Payment Questions
421 “I” Street, Eureka, CA 95501
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Phone: (707) 445-7256

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Info By Division

Adoptions

Adoptions are filed at the Family Court Operations office window located at the 421 I Street entrance of the courthouse. Visit our Adoption section for information about adoption of either minors or adults.

Appeals

A non-prevailing party in a case may ask a higher court to review the decision in their case and determine if the decision was correct.

Civil Division

The Civil Division of the court handles cases where one party sues another to recover money or property, enforce a contract, collect damages, or protect civil rights. Petitions to change names and various writs are also handled by the Civil Division.

Criminal

A criminal case is a proceeding in which someone is charged with a public offense (i.e., with committing a crime), evidence is presented on both sides, and a decision is made as to the person's guilt.

Family Law

Family Court Services serves parties who need to file for Dissolution, Separation or Nullity of Marriage; Establishment of Parental Relationship, Petitions for Custody and Support, Motions for Child Custody, Support, or Visitation, Support Enforcement, Guardianship of Minors, Adoption, or who seek protection from Domestic Violence, Civil Harassment, Workplace Violence or Elder Abuse.

Guardianship

Guardianship is a court proceeding in which a judge gives someone who is not the parent custody of a child, or the power to manage the child's property (called "estate"), or both.

The Civil Self-Help Center can assist you with completing the paperwork to ask the court for Guardianship of the Person of a minor child

Juvenile

Juvenile Delinquency cases are located at the Family Court Services window located at the 421 I Street entrance of the courthouse. Juvenile Delinquency cases, as defined under Welfare and Institutions, involve any persons under the age of 18 (minors) who are accused of violations of any law of the state or of the United States, or minors who are habitually disobedient or truant.

Probate & Conservatorship

Probate and Conservatorship matters address a person’s finances upon death or the care of an adult person that is unable to care for themselves or their finances. Probate cases address a person’s estate, resolve debts, and distribute the remaining property/monies to heirs or beneficiaries. Conservatorship cases appoint caregivers to care for a person and their finances.

Small Claims & Unlawful Detainers

Small claims cases are lawsuits that do not exceed $10,000 and are resolved quickly and inexpensively with relatively simple and informal rules.

An unlawful detainer matter is a case in which a landlord seeks to evict a tenant.

Traffic

The Traffic Division handles only Infraction matters for Traffic violations, Fish & Game violations, local city and county ordinances, boating, and dog/animal citations. Note: driving under the influence (DUI) violations are handled through the Criminal Division.

Our Mission

The mission of Superior Court of California, County of Humboldt is to provide for the resolution of disputes and enforcement of our laws in a manner appropriate to the needs of our community and society.