Please be advised that effective October 6, 2014, the Traffic and Small Claims units at the Palo Alto Courthouse are closed. For additional information, please read the Courtroom Closures notice.
Location & Contact Info
Types of cases heard: Criminal
Parking Information: Click to see parking map (image opens in new window).
** JUROR PARKING **
Jurors should park only in the designated "Juror" parking lot adjacent to the Courthouse. The parking permit that came with the juror summons should be displayed on the car dashboard. (If you don't have your permit, you can obtain a replacement when reporting at the Jury counter.)
If the "Juror" parking lot becomes full, please notify the deputies at the front entrance of the courthouse, and they will redirect you to an overflow lot. Do not park in the City of Palo Alto or County parking lots or you will be cited. If you are cited for any illegal parking, it will be your responsibility to pay for any citations that are issued to you.
- Main phone number: (650) 462-3800
- TDD: (650) 470-3921 (for hearing-impaired use only)
- For courtroom numbers, see below.
- Also see phone numbers on the list of main Court Telephone Numbers.
Palo Alto Courthouse Business Hours
Refer to this list of courthouse hours for current business hours. Please be advised that effective November 24, 2014, the business hours at all courthouse locations will be 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. For further details, please see the Reduced Business Hours Notice .
Drop Box Information at the Palo Alto Courthouse
An outside drop box has been provided for your convenience, with 24/7 access. Click for guidelines on using the drop box . And remember, no cash please!
|Department Phone Numbers|
|Department 84: Honorable Eric S. Geffon|
|Courtroom Clerk||(650) 462-3830|
|Court Reporter:||(650) 462-3835|
|Department 85: Honorable Vincent J. Chiarello|
|Courtroom Clerk||(650) 462-3840|
|Court Reporter:||(650) 462-3845|
|Department 86: Vacant|
|Courtroom Clerk||(650) 462-3850|
|Court Reporter:||(650) 462-3855|
|Department 87: Vacant|
|Courtroom Clerk||(650) 462-3860|
|Court Reporter:||(650) 462-3865|
|Department 88: Honorable Kenneth P. Barnum|
|Courtroom Clerk||(650) 462-3870|
|Court Reporter:||(650) 462-3875|
|Department 89: Honorable Aaron Persky|
|Courtroom Clerk||(650) 462-3880|
|Court Reporter:||(650) 462-3885|