Oct. 23, 2014
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Divisions

Civil

Division Manager:  Sheila Roberts

The Civil Division handles cases in which parties sue to (a) recover money or real or personal property (b) enforce a contract, (c) recover damages for injury, (d) request name changes or writs, (e) seek protection of civil rights, (f) request emancipation of minors, (g) seek protection from elder abuse, workplace and civil harassment, (h) resolve disputed eminent domain proceedings, and (i) petitions for adoption.

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Collections

Division Managers:  Sheila Roberts and Bonnie Sloan

The Collections Division assists defendants by establishing payment plans and processing payments, and also assists the Court in enforcement collection of court-ordered debt, such as fines and fees.

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Criminal

Division Manager:  Bonnie Sloan

The Criminal Division handles misdemeanor and felony public offenses, including DUI cases.  The Criminal Clerks may answer questions about court dates, case status, and other related issues.

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Family Court services

Located at the Richard A. Schoenig Court Annex

Family Court Services provides (a) a mediation program for families with custody and visitation disputes, (b) a no-cost eight-week Parenting Without Conflict class for couples who are referred by the Court, and (c) a supervised visitation program for non-custodial parents.

Family Court Services also processes child support cases filed by the Department of Child Support Services.

The Family Law Facilitator/Self-Help Attorney provides assistance for self-represented litigants in family law, parentage, and child support cases.

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family law

Division Manager:  Sheila Roberts

Family Law Division handles (a) petitions for dissolution of marriage (divorce), legal separation, and nullity, (b) petitions for child custody, visitation and support, (c) domestic violence cases, (d) proceedings to establish paternity.

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Grand jury

Grand Jury Administrator:  Bonnie Sloan

The Civil Grand Jury is composed of volunteers who generally serve for one fiscal year in an oversight capacity over various city and county operations.  A separate Criminal Grand Jury may be impaneled at the request of the District Attorney to investigate and consider possible criminal indictments for crimes committed in Yuba County.

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Human resources

The Human Resources division handles all aspects of employment including recruitment and hiring, benefit administration, and employee division-assignments.

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Jury services

Division Manager:  Sheila Roberts

Legislature recognizes that trial by jury is a cherished constitutional right, and that jury service is an obligation of citizenship.

Utilizing the Court’s automated jury management system, Jury Services randomly summons prospective trial jurors from a pool of registered voters and licensed drivers.

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juvenile

Division Manager:  Sheila Roberts

The Juvenile Division handles both juvenile dependency and juvenile delinquency cases, as well as adoptions arising from juvenile dependency cases.

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Probate and guardianships

Division Manager:  Sheila Roberts

The Probate Division handles proceedings involving estates, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, and proceedings under the Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act.

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Small claims

Division Manager:  Sheila Roberts

The purpose of Small Claims Court is to fairly, quickly and inexpensively resolve cases where the dollar amount claimed does not exceed $7500.   

Unlawful Detainers cases involve landlord-tenant disputes.

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Traffic

Division Manager:  Sheila Roberts

Traffic division handles infraction cases relating to traffic violations, local city and county ordinances and Fish & Game and Animal Control violations.  Please note that DUI violations are handled in the Criminal Division.

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Unlawful detainers

Division Manager:  Sheila Roberts

An “unlawful detainer” lawsuit is a complaint brought by a landlord to obtain possession of rented property and receive payment of back rent.

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