News from the Court

Check this page for recent messages that the Contra Costa County Superior Court asked that we share with members of the CCCBA.


Court Clerk’s Holiday Hours

The Court’s Clerk’s Office will close at 2:00 pm on the following dates:

Wednesday, November 23 | Friday, December 23 | Friday, December 30

e-filing Updates

Family, Civil, and Probate filings: e-filers must state both any upcoming hearing date and the title of the motion in the description of the filing (e.g., “Next HRG 12/1/22 Opposition to Motion”). This enables clerks to quickly determine which filings should be prioritized based on upcoming hearing dates.

Family Law filings: e-filers must submit any cover letters as separate PDFs within the filing envelope, rather than as the first page of a PDF that includes the filing itself. When a cover letter comes as the first page, a clerk must manually correct it so that the file stamp goes on the second page of the document (the actual filing) and so that the cover letter, which is not itself part of the file, is removed.

Probate Court

For the foreseeable future, the Probate Department requests that if you are filing something two weeks or less before your hearing, please provide courtesy copies.

For Department 15, please provide courtesy copies through the Probate Examiner’s office only.

For Department 30, you may provide courtesy copies either through the Probate Examiners or you may leave a hard copy in Judge George’s inbox located outside of Department 30’s chambers.

Providing proof that your document was submitted for e-filing is also very helpful when you provide your courtesy copies.


Joint CEO Statement from Superior Courts of California: There is a Court Reporter Shortage Crisis in California

Please join the courts in finding ways to ensure that all litigants who need a record have access to one. Read more.

Pittsburg Misdemeanor Updates

New procedures and practices for handling misdemeanors in Pittsburg. Please see the attached instructions from Judge Treat. 11/8/2022.

Temporary Judges Sought in Contra Costa and Alameda

The Superior Courts in Contra Costa and Alameda are both seeking attorneys to serve as Judges Pro Tem. The application deadline for the Alameda County Superior Court is September 30, 2022 for the 2023 calendar year. See the flyer here. The Contra Costa County Superior Court accepts applications on a rolling basis. See the flyer here.