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***** 2015 *****

April 1, 2015
Civil Grand Jury Application Deadline Extended 
Recruitment continues for 2015-16 Civil Grand Jury panel

March 3, 2015
Grinch Charged with PC 487 (Grand Theft – Christmas) 
Judges adopt San Jose’s Horace Mann Elementary School for the Court’s annual participation in Read Across America

February 25, 2015
Juvenile Justice Beyond the Bench Conference - March 27th 
Motivating Youth for Successful Lives - conference registration is open

January 9, 2015
County Watchdog Recruitment Gets into Full Swing 
Recruitment begins for 2015-16 Civil Grand Jury

Note: There are five informational sessions throughout Santa Clara County in January and February to learn more. Details can be found on this flier  or by contacting the Office of the Civil Grand Jury (408-882-2721  or email

***** 2014 *****

December 23, 2014
General Order re: Proposition 47 
General Order re: forms for Proposition 47 proceedings: CR-6086 , CR-6087 , CR-6088 

November 21, 2014
One Day – 45 Kids, 31 New Families 
Superior Court and County of Santa Clara celebrate National Adoption Day, bringing together 45 children with 31 new families

October 24, 2014
Notice of Revisions, effective Nov. 24, to Civil, Probate and Criminal Local Rules 

October 24, 2014
General Order and Resolution 
General Order signed by Presiding Judge Oct. 23, 2014. and Resolution signed by the CEO Oct. 23, 2014 re: Family Rule 6

October 17, 2014
Court Baseline Budget Plan for Fiscal Year 2014-15 
The public is invited to provide feedback to the Court through October 22, 2014

October 1, 2014
County Juvenile Justice Team Recognized for their Services to Minority Communities 
Unsung Heroes Award to Be Presented by Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee

September 24, 2014
Important Public Notice - Reduced Business Hours 
Effective Nov. 24, 2014, court office and telephone hours will be 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

September 22, 2014
Santa Clara County Judges Elect New Leadership 
Assistant Presiding Judge Risë Pichon elevated to Presiding Judge; Judge Patricia Lucas named new Assistant Presiding Judge

September 17, 2014
Judges Convene Friendly Competition for Students Across County 
Superior Court judges celebrate national Constitution Day with more than 3,200 5th grade students throughout Santa Clara County

August 5, 2014
Courtroom Closures  [modified 8/11/15]
Effective October 6, 2014 the Court will be closing Civil, Small Claims and Traffic courts in Morgan Hill and Palo Alto until further notice. The closure will go into effect October 6, 2014.

June 20, 2014
Statement on Budget for FY 2014-15 
Statement of Presiding Judge and Chair of the Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee Hon. Brian C. Walsh on Judicial Branch Budget FY 2014-15

June 19, 2014
Finalists Announced for Santa Clara County’s Top Citizen Watchdogs 
The Discharge Ceremony of the current Civil Grand Jury and the Impanelment Ceremony of the 2014-2015 Civil Grand Jury will take place, Thursday, June 19, 2014

May 9, 2014
May 12 – 16: Juror Appreciation Week 
Court honors Santa Clara County jurors for their contribution to the pursuit of justice

May 7, 2014
Court Opens Recruitment for Human Resources Director 
Application deadline: May 27th

May 1, 2014
Court Celebrates National Law Day  with Focus on Community Engagement
Essay contest, art competition, local legislative-day-on-the-bench and Clergy Day mark this year’s activities

March 3, 2014
Verdict Is In: Horton Heard a Who 
Judges adopt San Jose’s Schallenberger Elementary School for the Court’s annual participation in Read Across America

March 3, 2014
Hunt for New Recruits Gets Extension 
Application deadline extended to Friday, March 28, 2014 in volunteer search for 2014-15 Civil Grand Jury

February 4, 2014
County’s Top Citizen Watchdog on the Hunt for New Recruits 
Volunteer search begins for 2014-15 Civil Grand Jury; application deadline is Friday, March 14, 2014
Click for application  or to visit the Civil Grand Jury web page

***** 2013 *****

December 19, 2013
Notice of New Civil Fees, Effective January 1, 2014 

December 5, 2013
Judge Tondreau is the 2013 Wilmont Sweeney Juvenile Court Judge of the Year

November 22, 2013
One Day – 48 Kids, 36 New Families 
Superior Court and County of Santa Clara celebrate National Adoption Day, bringing together 48 children with 36 new families

November 13, 2013
Court Helps Educators Go Back to School 
Court provides all day training on key issues facing schools, such as cyber bulling and teen dating violence

November 5, 2013
Bar Association Recognizes Judge for Achievement 
Jurist of the Year Awarded to the Honorable James Kleinberg

October 28, 2013
Court Baseline Budget Plan for Fiscal Year 2013-14 

October 16, 2013
Commission on Judicial Performance Announces Superior Court Judge Erica R. Yew to Serve as Chairperson 

September 17, 2013
Judges Bring Constitution to Life for Students across County 
Santa Clara County Superior Court judges celebrate national Constitution Day with more than 1,300 5th grade students

August 28, 2013
Judge Brian C. Walsh to Lead Statewide Committee of Trial Court Presiding Judges 
Chief Justice appoints the nominee submitted by the presiding judges from the 58 trial courts

July 3, 2013
Ribbon Cutting -- Juvenile Justice Lobby 
Little budget with big impact: Juvenile Justice lobby gets facelift to align with national best practices

July 1, 2013
Notice of Fee Changes Effective July 8, 2013 

June 27, 2013
Santa Clara County Impanels New Civil Grand Jury 

June 19, 2013
Finalists Announced for Santa Clara County’s Top Citizen Watchdogs 
The Discharge Ceremony of the current Civil Grand Jury and the Impanelment Ceremony of the 2013-2014 Civil Grand Jury will take place on Thursday, June 27, 2013.

May 30, 2013
Judge Stephen V. Manley Receives National Honor for his Work in Mental Health 
The American Psychiatric Association has awarded Judge Stephen V. Manley the prestigious Jacob K. Javits Award for Public Service.

May 13, 2013
Court Honors Winners of Law Day Art Contest with Showcase and Prizes 
Court awarded first, second and third prize winners in poster contest held for participants at The James Ranch and Juvenile Hall

May 10, 2013
May 13 – 17: Juror Appreciation Week 
Court honors Santa Clara County jurors for their contribution to the pursuit of justice

April 30, 2013
Court Appoints Edward F. Mills as New Commissioner

April 22, 2013
Media Advisory re: Juvenile Justice Court Proceedings 
Memo summarizing some of the law related to proceedings in Juvenile Justice Court

March 1, 2013
Read Across America 
Judges Serve Up a Little Green Eggs and Ham to Local Students

February 26, 2013
Civil Grand Jury Application Deadline Extended until March 22, 2013 
See Civil Grand Jury page for information and application

February 6, 2013
National Parent Program Expands in Santa Clara County 
Step-by-step training program for parents of strong willed or out-of-control teens teaches how to change destructive behavior

February 4, 2013
Recruitment Begins for Santa Clara County’s Top Citizen Watchdogs 
Court seeks volunteers for 2013-14 Civil Grand Jury; deadline to submit applications  is March 8, 2013

January 28, 2013
Santa Clara County Judge Honored as Mental Health Champion 
Judge Stephen Manley receives Words to Deeds Award

January 4, 2013
Court Thanks Judge Loftus for his Laudable Leadership and Service during his Tenure at Helm 
On New Year’s Day, Hon. Brian C. Walsh became Presiding Judge and Hon. Risë Pichon became Assistant Presiding Judge

***** 2012 *****

December 28, 2012
Santa Clara County’s Longest Serving Judge Passes 
Judge Paul Teilh served as a Santa Clara County judge from 1966 to 2010

November 16, 2012
New Traffic Night Court Hours Begin in January 2013 

November 16, 2012
Adoption Day at Court  - 30 New Families Begin Today in Santa Clara County

November 14, 2012
Public Comment Period Closes for Changes to Local Rule Addressing Private Professional Fiduciary Fees 

November 6, 2012
Court Offers Last Resort Option For Registered Voters Finding Trouble at the Polls 

October 18, 2012
Appointment of General Counsel, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara 

October 2, 2012
Court Baseline Budget Plan for Fiscal Year 2012-13 

September 20, 2012
Court Elects New Leadership for 2013-15 Term 

September 20, 2012
Court Strengthens Rules for Private Professional Fiduciary Fees 

September 13, 2012
Court Begins Transition to Electronic Records 
The Court's Probate Division began implementing the Court Electronic Record File (CERF) document management system, which allows for electronic scanning and storing of all documents submitted for filing

August 17, 2012
Court Thanks Advisory Committee for Input on Private Professional Fiduciary Fees and Monitoring 

August 10, 2012
Court Mourns Loss with Manoukian Family 
Captain Matthew Manoukian, son of Judge Pete Manoukian and Justice Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian, was killed in action in Afghanistan yesterday

July 26, 2012
Reimbursement of Private Professional Fiduciary Fees 
Supervising probate judge initiates reforms ahead of Court’s formalized, legislative process for Local Rule changes - task force convened

July 20, 2012
Advance Jury Fees FAQ  - Frequently asked questions and answers posted regarding deposit of advance jury fees for court reporting services under one hour

July 16, 2012
Santa Clara’s New Courthouse Approved in State’s Last Minute Budget Negotiations 

July 10, 2012
Court appoints Lisa Galdos as the Assistant Court Executive Officer 

June 27, 2012
2012-2013 Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury - sworn in at the Impanelment Ceremony on June 21, 2012

June 19, 2012
2012-2013 Civil Grand Jury - Holdovers and Finalists 

June 15, 2012
Appointment of Public Information Officer  Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara

June 5, 2012
Remote Electronic Access to Antolin Garcia-Torres Case Information 
For more information on this case see the People vs. Antolin Garcia-Torres page

June 4, 2012
Traffic Infraction Amnesty Program  ends June 30, 2012

May 18, 2012
Two New Judges Appointed to the Court by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. 

May 9, 2012
Court celebrates the 15th anniversary of Juror Appreciation Week  May 14 to18

March 14, 2012
National AmeriCorps Week  - Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren visits the Court’s Self-Help Center

March 7, 2012
Applications being accepted for 2012-2013 Civil Grand Jury   (Application form , Civil Grand Jury info)

***** 2011 *****

December 23, 2011
Traffic Infraction Amnesty Program  in effect January 1 thru June 30, 2012

December 7, 2011
Change in Hours for Clerk’s Office – Traffic Court Effective February 6, 2012 

November 9, 2011
Court Joins in National Adoption Day to Help Local Children Find Permanent Families 

October 5, 2011
Court-Community Leadership and Liaison Program begins Nov. 3, 2011
Brochure , Schedule  and Application 

September 27, 2011
Court warns of imposter posing as Court employee 

January 28, 2011
Court accepting applications for the 2011-2012 Civil Grand Jury 
Please complete and submit an Application form .

January 24, 2011
Court Launches Middle School Education Court  - New Juvenile Dependency Specialty Court Dedicated to Improving Foster Youth’s Academic Performance

January 21, 2011
Court Announces Relocation of Small Claims Court in April 

***** 2010 *****

December 22, 2010
Court-Community Leadership and Liaison Program 
Schedule  and Application 

November 16, 2010
Court Joins in National Adoption Day to Help Local Children Find Permanent Families

September 10, 2010
Superior Court Elects Presiding Judge and Assistant Presiding Judge 

July 26, 2010
Court and County Launch California Courts Protective Order Registry (CCPOR) 

July 20, 2010
Online Jury Summons Response Option Added to Court Website 

May 6, 2010
Court honors jurors during Juror Appreciation Week 

***** 2009 *****

December 28, 2009
Court announces new location for filing civil harassment, workplace violence, and elder abuse matters 

December 11, 2009
Retired Judge Jack Komar Receives Award 
-  2009 Distinguished Service Award from the National Center for State Courts

November 13, 2009
Court Program Wins Top Award 
- Judicial Council Honors Collaboration Between Superior Court and FIRST5 for Innovative Approach to Serving the Public. See the video  from the Kleps Award lunch.

November 13, 2009

Court Joins in National Adoption Day to Help Local Children Find Permanent Families 

August 12, 2009
Fiscal Crisis Results in Court Closures 

July 20, 2009
2009-2010 List of Civil Grand Jury Members 

May 15, 2009
Court Celebrates the Opening of the New South County Courthouse – Morgan Hill  

May 8, 2009
Court Honors Jurors During Juror Appreciation Week 

March 6, 2009
Superior Court to Open New Courthouse in Morgan Hill 

January 1, 2009
New Civil Fee and Traffic Fine Structure 
(State Court News Release)

***** 2008

November 10, 2008
Superior Court Joins in National Adoption Day to Help More Than 50 Local Children Find Permanent Families 

October 20 2008
Court Seeks Applications to Provide Traffic Violator School (TVS) Services: News Release 

September 12, 2008
Superior Court Elects Presiding Judge and Assistant Presiding Judge 

June 9, 2008
Superior Court Announces Relocation of Los Gatos Small Claims Court 

June 3, 2008

Superior Court Traffic Case Information Now Available Online 

May 21, 2008
Superior Court Announces Appointment of New Chief Executive Officer 

April 23, 2008

Superior Court Announces Relocation of Traffic Court 

March 20, 2008
Superior Court Joins in Celebration of Mediation Week 

March 20, 2008
Adult and Juvenile Mental Health Courts Honored by State of California 

March 20, 2008
Superior Court Hosts "Girl Scouts at Court" Day 

March 6, 2008
Superior Court to Open a Second Dependency Drug Court 

January 9, 2008
Superior Court Expands Family Law Services to Sunnyvale Courthouse 

***** 2007 *****

November 13, 2007
Court Joins in National Adoption Day 

June 13, 2007
Groundbreaking Judicial Studies Program Nears First Graduation 

April 5, 2007
DUI Trial April 6 at James Lick High School 

March 16, 2007
Court Commemorates Mediation Week, March 18-24 

February 7, 2007
Superior Court Re-Opens Traffic Night Court 

January 17, 2007
Seeking Public Input on Statewide Funding Priorities for the Trial Courts for FY 2007–2008 

***** 2006

November 15, 2006
Superior Court Joins in National Adoption Day to Help More than 50 Local Children Find Permanent Families 

October 23, 2006
Court Announces Passing of Judge Robert L. Ambrose 

October 10, 2006
Court Announces Vietnamese-Language Self Service Website 

September 1, 2006
Electronic Filing and Service of Documents in Complex Civil Litigation Cases  
Website for new e-filing: 

March 6, 2006
New Traffic School Provider 

February 17, 2006
Congressman Honda to be Honored at Superior Court Event 

***** 2005 *****

October 26, 2005
Historical Poster Display   - California Court of Appeal Centennial Celebration

October 13, 2005
DUI Trial on Oct. 17 at San Jose State University 

September 21, 2005
Juvenile Delinquency Conference Announced 

September 21, 2005
Superior Court Seeks Applicants to Provide Traffic Violator School Services 

August 1, 2005
Barbara Fox Appointed Second Assistant Executive Officer  

July 21, 2005
Region 2 Trial Courts and Court Interpreter Union to Mediate Disputes 

June 30, 2005
Collective Bargaining Between Region 2 Courts and Court Interpreter Employees 

May 13, 2005
Santa Clara County Drug Treatment Courts Honor Graduates 

March 1, 2005
Santa Clara County Superior Court Announces New Procedure for Telephonic Appearance  

February 8, 2005
Superior Court Announces Formation of Speakers Bureau 

January 31, 2005
Judicial Town Hall Meeting - City of Sunnyvale 

***** 2004

September 28. 2004
Court Initiates Judicial Town Hall Meetings 

September 24, 2004
Superior Court Elects Hon. Alden E. Danner as Presiding Judge 

August 30, 2004
Judge Leonard Edwards II Named William H. Rehnquist Award Recipient 

August 3, 2004
FIRST 5, Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County, and the Center for Healthy Development Create "New Skills and Choices Parenting" program  for Families in the Family Court System

July 16, 2004
Public Notice of Fiscal Year 2005–2006 Trial Court Budget Development Process 

July 7, 2004
Judges Edwards and Hyman Receive Recognition for Work 

June 16, 2004
Court Requests Public Feedback on Proposed Budget Reductions 

June 11, 2004
Court Receives Federal Grant to Support Domestic Violence Program 

April 27, 2004
Court’s Website Named One of Top 10 Court Websites Nationwide 

March 24, 2004
Court Presents Issues to Senate Hearing, Judicial Branch Proposed 2004-05 Budget 

March 3, 2004
Family Court Director Steve Baron Receives Award from Santa Clara County Psychological Association  

February, 24, 2004
Superior Court Participates in Read Across America 

January 28, 2004
Juvenile Domestic and Family Violence Court Receives “Top 50” Honor 

***** 2003 *****

December 19, 2003
Court's Public Access Case Info Website Available 

December 8, 2003
Judicial Council Selects Judge Leonard P. Edwards as Jurist of the Year 

December 3, 2003
Supreme Court Visits Santa Clara County Superior Court 

December 1, 2003
Appointment of Interim Chief Probation Officer 

December 1, 2003
Supreme Court holds special Oral Argument Session at Old Courthouse 

September 30, 2003
Closure of Sunnyvale Clerk's Office 

June 26, 2003
Federal Grant Expands Services for Dual Diagnosis Drug Treatment Court in Santa Clara County 

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