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San Bernardino County Court is comprised of the following divisions: Civil, Criminal, Jury, Family, Juvenile, Probate, and Traffic. The Superior Court has jurisdiction over misdemeanor and felony criminal charges. It also has jurisdiction over both limited and unlimited matters. If the demand of the complaint, exclusive of interest, or the value of the property in controversy amounts to $25,000.00 or less, it is a limited civil case. Usually unlimited cases are matters in which the amount demanded exceeds $25,000.00, the value of the property exceeds $25,000.00, or damages are prayed for as “according to proof” such as in a personal injury case where medical damages continue to be incurred beyond the filing of the complaint.

The Small claims court resolves disputes quickly and inexpensively. A lawyer may not be brought to court but may be contacted for advice before assisting court. The claim cannot be for more than $7500. If the claim exceeds the amount the plaintiff may file a limited civil case or sue in the small claims court and give up their right to the amount over $2500. The plaintiff cannot sue more than two cases in small claims court for more than $2500 each during a calendar year.

The Family Court Services provides the following services: Child custody and visitation mediation as provided by Family Code 3171, Limited evaluations in child custody cases may be conducted when ordered by the court as provided in Family Code 3112, Marital and relationship counseling can be provided upon petition as provided in Family Code 1830, and Pre-marital counseling and evaluations for juveniles who petition for a marriage license under Family Code 302 and 304. There are 86 Superior Courts located in 12 facilities throughout the county. They serve the communities of Chino, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, San Bernardino, Redlands, Joshua Tree, Big Bear, Twin Peaks, Victorville, Barstow, and Needles

Contact information:

San Bernardino District Court
351 North Arrowhead Avenue,
San Bernardino, CA. 92415-0240
Phone: Civil/Family Law Clerk's office: (909) 387-3922
Phone: Criminal/Traffic: (909) 384-1888
Phone: Family Court Services: (909) 387-3907


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