Sep. 16, 2014
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Criminal Division

The Criminal Division has jurisdiction over felonies, misdemeanors, and some infractions. 

Criminal cases are only filed in the Santa Cruz Division.  Payments on traffic cases and existing fine payment plans set on criminal cases are accepted at the Watsonville Division.

Pay Fines

You may make payments on your criminal fine if you have already pled guilty and have set up a payment arrangement.

There is no web access to criminal and traffic case information at this time.

Delinquent Fines:

If your fine is delinquent and has been assigned to AllianceOne (the court's collection agency) all questions must be directed to AllianceOne at 1-877-541-8420.  Or you may contact a representative at 701 Ocean Street, Room A1, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. How do I pay my fine?

Online-  www4.epay_it.com/scz/

By mail or in person - Santa Cruz Superior Court, 701 Ocean Street, Room 120, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Include your case number)

Santa Cruz Superior Court drop box (located at the address above)

Watsonville Division located at 1 Second Street, Room 300, Watsonville, CA

Reminder: Failure to pay a fine on or before the due date may result in one or all of the following:

  • A Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) hold being placed on your driver's license.
  • An additional failure to pay violation
  • A civil assessment charge of $300.00
2.What happens if I miss my court date?
If you fail to appear in court, the judge will issue a bench warrant for your arrest. 
3. What if I have an outstanding warrant?
In some circumstances you may appear at the clerk’s office to set up a new court date, otherwise you must appear at the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department.
4. How can I change my court date?
You cannot change your court date on any criminal case. If you have an attorney, contact your attorney for assistance. If you posted a bail bond, contact the bail company. If you are on formal probation, contact your probation officer.
5.What if I can't afford an attorney?
You must appear in court to determine if you are eligible for court-approved counsel.
6.Where should I go when I come to court?
Look for your name, the courtroom department and the time your case will be heard on the calendar posted outside the Clerk’s Office - Room 120. If you are unable to find your name or locate a calendar, please check with the clerk.
7.How long should I plan to be in Court?
Expect to be in court for a substantial portion of the day.
8. What are the different types of hearings?

Arraignment: Reading of your Constitutional rights, advisement of the charges, entering a plea.

Pretrial Hearing: A conference between parties (prosecutor and defendant/counsel) regarding the settlement of the case.

Preliminary Hearing: A felony hearing by a judicial officer to determine if there is sufficient evidence to bind a defendant over for trial.

Jury/Court trial: The examination of evidence and the decisions of the issues of law by a judge or jury to determine guilt or innocence.

9. What is a Civil Assesment charge?
Failure to pay your fines as directed may result in the court referring your case to a collections agency and an additional $300.00 fee being added pursuant to Penal Code Section 1214.1
10. How do I receive a copy of my court documents?
If you have a case number and you would like copies of the file, complete the request form along with a check with the words “NOT TO EXCEED $50.00” to cover the initial cost of the copies. You will be notified by mail or phone should the cost exceed $50.00. Checks and money orders should be made to Santa Cruz Superior Court and mailed to:

Santa Cruz Superior Court,
County of Santa Cruz
Attn: Records Request
701 Ocean Street, Room 120
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

11. How can I get a criminal background check done?
Fill out Research and Copy Request Form and send to the Santa Cruz Court address on the top of the form. Enclose a check made out to Superior Court to cover the copy fees along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. On the memo line of your check write how much the check should not exceed – for example “not to exceed $50.00”. The court will write in the amount used and send a receipt along with the copies requested.
NOTE: The court will only research Santa Cruz County criminal records information on cases dating 1994 to present
Fill out Research and Copy Request Form and send to the Santa Cruz Court address on the top of the form. Enclose a check made out to Superior Court to cover the copy fees along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. On the memo line of your check write how much the check should not exceed – for example “not to exceed $50.00”. The court will write in the amount used and send a receipt along with the copies requested.
Please refer to the California Courts Self Help Website
13.How do I request a copy of a court record?
Fill out Research and Copy Request Form and send to the Santa Cruz Court address on the top of the form. Enclose a check made out to Superior Court to cover the copy fees along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. On the memo line of your check write how much the check should not exceed – for example “not to exceed $50.00”. The court will write in the amount used and send a receipt along with the copies requested.
NOTE: The court will only research Santa Cruz County criminal records information on cases dating 1994 to present
Fill out Research and Copy Request Form and send to the Santa Cruz Court address on the top of the form. Enclose a check made out to Superior Court to cover the copy fees along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. On the memo line of your check write how much the check should not exceed – for example “not to exceed $50.00”. The court will write in the amount used and send a receipt along with the copies requested.

Contact Information

Office Location:
Superior Court of California,
County of Santa Cruz
701 Ocean Street, Room 120
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Map

Mailing Address:
Superior Court of California,
County of Santa Cruz
Criminal Division
701 Ocean Street, Room 120
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 420-2200 

Filing Hours

Clerks Office:

8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday - Friday in Santa Cruz and Watsonville. A mail slot is provided for filings after 3:00 PM.

Come in the morning and avoid the lines.

Items must be received by 5:00 PM.

Phones are answered from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday - Friday.

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