Please see our Court and Community brochure covering court visits and other opportunities for the community to learn about the Court.
Courthouse visits (individuals): Generally, all Court proceedings are open to the public, with the exceptions of Juvenile Justice Court, Juvenile Dependency Court and select closed hearings.
Members of the public DO NOT need to schedule an appointment to observe Court and participate as an audience member. Courtroom sitting is limited and audience members are generally admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Courtroom proceedings for each facility are posted daily for the public to view. For additional assistance about Courthouse calendars, contact the Court’s mainline at (408) 882-2700 .
Courthouse visits (groups/schools):
- Organizer’s name
- Organizer’s phone number
- Name of the organization
- Number of participants
- Age/Grade of participants
- Proposed visit dates/availability
- Brief description of visit’s purpose
The Court offers three types of experiences for students: visits (observation), guided tours and mock trials. The Court will help design an appropriate educational experience commensurate with the ages and number of the students, as well as the learning objective. To learn more about mock trials, see our Mock Trial information page.
Courthouse hours: The Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara’s courthouses open at 8 AM and close at 5 PM. Click to open a list of the business hours by courthouse . Court proceedings are broken into “Morning” and “Afternoon” calendars. Morning calendars start at approximately 9/9:30 AM and end at noon. Afternoon calendars start at approximately 1:30 PM and end at 5 PM.
Generally, the Clerk’s Office at each courthouse opens at 8:30 AM and closes at 4 PM. Traffic Courts, Clerk’s Offices and other services’ hours of operations can vary slightly from location to location. For courthouse specific hours of operations, see the list of Court locations and click on an individual courthouse page.
Courthouse locations: Click for a list of Court locations - each courthouse page lists hours, location and directions. There is also an interactive map showing all courthouses in the county, which allows users to obtain driving directions.
Security is important at our courthouses to ensure the safety of all visitors, jurors, parties to lawsuits, court staff, judicial officers, and individuals in custody. All courthouses have metal detectors and sheriff's deputies on duty. Be sure to read this security information before you visit the Court.
Visiting Jurors: If you are visiting the Court as part of jury duty, read the information on our Jury Services page regarding juror parking, dress codes and courtroom behavior.
Food in the Court: Read the General Local Rule of Court 5 for information on what is and is not permitted in the courthouse and courtroom, for jurors, parties to lawsuits, and visitors.
Questions? For information on observing in the courtroom, please contact the Court at (408) 882-2840 . We also have a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) regarding Court visits.