Order

Order Vacating Court-Imposed Costs Pursuant to Penal Code 1465.9 and Vehicle Code 42240 (AB 177)

January 18, 2022

Assembly Bill 177 amended Penal Code 1465.9 and added Vehicle Code 42240, prompting this order to vacate all unpaid balances of the court-imposed fees and costs and all collection efforts as to those fees and costs shall cease. 

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Judge Michael T. Smyth Assumes Presiding Judge Role

Judge Michael T. Smyth Assumes Presiding Judge Role

January 12, 2022

January 12, 2022 – Judge Michael T. Smyth assumed the top judicial leadership position as the San Diego Superior Court’s Presiding Judge on January 1, 2022. He was elected by his fellow jurists in August to the two-year term and served as the Assistant Presiding Judge during calendar years 2020 and 2021. He succeeds Judge Lorna A. Alksne who finished her term as Presiding Judge on December 31, 2021.

Grand jury application - deadline extended to Jan. 28

San Diego County Grand Jury Application Period Extended

January 11, 2022

January 11, 2022 – The San Diego Superior Court is extending the application period for those wanting to serve on the County Grand Jury to January 28, 2022, to encourage additional citizens from throughout the county to apply.

Court closure

San Diego Superior Court Closed Monday, January 17, 2022

January 5, 2022

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. statewide holiday, the San Diego Superior Court will close all courtrooms and business offices on Monday, January 17, 2022.

The public is urged to visit the Court’s website at sdcourt.ca.gov to handle traffic tickets or obtain court information. 

 

Public notice

San Diego Superior Court Planned System Outage: Odyssey case management system - Dec. 17-18

December 15, 2021

The San Diego Superior Court’s Odyssey case management system will not be available due to a planned upgrade.

Friday, Dec. 17 at 5:00 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 18 at 1:00 p.m.

Court closure

San Diego Superior Court Closed Friday, December 24 and Friday, December 31, 2021

December 15, 2021

In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day statewide holidays, the San Diego Superior Court will close all courtrooms and business offices on Friday, December 24, 2021, and Friday, December 31, 2021.

All courtrooms and business offices will provide normal business hours on the days surrounding the holidays.

Court closure

San Diego Superior Court Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

November 15, 2021

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the San Diego Superior Court will close all courtrooms and business offices on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26, 2021.

The public is urged to visit the Court’s website at sdcourt.ca.gov to handle traffic tickets or obtain court information. 

 

San Diego County Grand Jury Looking for New Applicants

San Diego County Grand Jury Looking for New Applicants

November 9, 2021

The San Diego Superior Court is now seeking dedicated residents with sound judgment from throughout the county to serve on the 2022/2023 San Diego County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury investigates citizen complaints and performs its traditional function as a “watchdog” over government agencies.

Public Notice

Some Court Services Modified at the Vista Courthouse

November 9, 2021

November 8, 2021 – At approximately 6:00 a.m. this morning the ceiling collapsed in Department 12 of the Vista Courthouse. No one was present in the courtroom at the time of the collapse.

San Diego Superior Court Public Portal Unavailable Due To Maintenance

San Diego Superior Court Announces Planned Public Portal Closure

November 5, 2021

The San Diego Superior Court Public Portal will not be available due to a planned maintenance outage beginning

Saturday, November 6 at 4:00 a.m. through Sunday, November 7 at 2:00 p.m.

The outage will affect the system that accepts payments for Traffic and Minor Offense tickets. Payments can be made after the maintenance outage is complete.

Court closure

San Diego Superior Court Closed Thursday, November 11, 2021

November 1, 2021

In observance of the Veterans Day statewide holiday, the San Diego Superior Court will close all courtrooms and business offices on Thursday, November 11, 2021.

The public is urged to visit the Court’s website at sdcourt.ca.gov to handle traffic tickets or obtain court information. 

 

Judge Richard Strauss

San Diego Superior Court Judge Richard Strauss Retires

October 29, 2021

Judge Richard E. L. Strauss will retire from the San Diego Superior Court today after serving 26 years on the bench having presided over civil, probate, and criminal law cases.

Court closure

San Diego Superior Court Closed Monday, October 11, 2021

October 1, 2021

In observance of the Columbus Day statewide court holiday, the San Diego Superior Court will close all courtrooms and business offices on Monday, October 11, 2021.

The public is urged to visit the Court’s website at sdcourt.ca.gov to handle traffic tickets or obtain court information. 

 

San Diego Superior Court Services Update

Court Reporter Availability to be Reduced in Family Law Hearings Due to Court Reporter Shortage

September 30, 2021

Due to staffing shortages, the San Diego Superior Court will no longer provide official court reporters in most family law matters, effective November 30, 2021. 

COVID-19 Update

San Diego Superior Court to Require Facial Coverings in All Courthouses

August 18, 2021

Due to the increase in COVID-19 transmission across the county, the San Diego Superior Court is reinstating a facial covering requirement for all court visitors and employees, regardless of vaccination status.

Congratulations to Judge Majors-Lewis on her retirement

San Diego Superior Court Judge Sharon B. Majors-Lewis Retires

August 4, 2021

The Honorable Sharon B. Majors-Lewis will retire from the San Diego Superior Court today after several decades of public service.

Congratulations to Judge Margo Lewis Hoy on her retirement

San Diego Superior Court Judge Margo Lewis Hoy Retires

July 30, 2021

The Honorable Margo Lewis Hoy will retire from the San Diego Superior Court today after 11 years on the bench. Judge Hoy was initially appointed to the San Diego Superior Court on July 26, 2010, by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She handled civil and criminal matters in addition to family law assignments that concluded with finishing her judicial career as the Supervising Judge of the Family Law Division, overseeing 28 family law courtrooms and complex family law trials.

SD Superior Court Central Courthouse

Fallbrook Resident to Lead the 2021-2022 San Diego County Civil Grand Jury

July 22, 2021

Jim Mendelson has been selected as the foreperson of the San Diego County Grand Jury, which started its year of service on July 1, 2021.

With his new role on the Grand Jury, Mendelson builds upon a lifetime of service that includes careers as a U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot, as an Orange County Deputy District Attorney, and, most recently, a just-completed tour as President of the Rotary Club of Fallbrook.

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San Diego Superior Court Judge Amalia L. Meza Retires

July 16, 2021

Judge Amalia L. Meza will conclude more than 20 years on the San Diego Superior Court bench today.

“It has been a supreme honor for me to serve the people of San Diego County as a Superior Court Judge,” said Judge Meza. 

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San Diego Superior Court Launches Judicial Mentor Program to Support Diverse Judicial Applicant Pool

July 14, 2021

The San Diego Superior Court has launched a local Judicial Mentor Program to support Governor Gavin Newsom’s recently announced California Judicial Mentor Program – “a statewide undertaking between the executive and judicial branches to advance the shared goal of an inclusive judiciary that reflects California’s diversity.”