Sunday, January 16, 2022

The Court will be closed on Monday, January 17th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday

Family Law - Updates and Information during COVID-19

Effective January 7, 2022

Family Relations Courthouse

3341 Power Inn Road
Sacramento, California 95826

Open for court proceedings, but Clerk's offices and Self Help Center closed

  • Filings should be submitted by US Mail.
  • Documents will be processed and returned to you by mail in one to two weeks; six weeks or longer for judgments. Please include a self-addressed envelope with enough postage to return the filed/endorsed documents to you.
  • Drop box available for filing documents. Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except court holidays.
  • For tips on using the Drop box, download our printable Drop Box Instructions.
  • Documents submitted by attorneys without a stamped, self-addressed envelope will be placed in the attorney cabinet for pickup.

Family Law Hearings

Family Law Trials and Settlement Conferences

  • Family Law Trials & Settlement Conferences are in person excluding child support where the Department of Child Support Services is involved.
  • Information on requesting or objecting to a remote appearance can be found here.
  • Masks are required at all times in the courthouse.

Court Records

  • Closed to the public until further notice.
  • Limited appointments for persons with critical needs to view or obtain copies of documents available. Call (916) 875-3400 between the hours of 8:30 to 4:00 p.m. for appointment.
  • Check Public Case Access System for recent court orders including continuances if you have access
  • If you do not have access to the Public Case Access System, you may submit the Participant Enrollment Form to be linked.
  • For copies of documents from cases from 1975-present, submit this form Request for Copies of Family Law Records by US Mail or drop box.
  • Email for copies of records for cases from 1937-1974.
  • In-state governmental agencies can request copies by email.
  • Requests processed in about two weeks.

Self Help Center

  • No in-person assistance until further notice.
  • Assistance via e-Correspondence.
  • Workshops via Zoom for:
    • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
    • Elder Abuse Restraining Orders
    • Dissolution/Legal Separation/Nullity
    • Uniform Parentage Act
    • Petition for Custody & Support
    • Requests for Orders
    • Income and Expense Declarations
    • Financial Disclosures
    • Hearing Preparation
    • Trial Preparation
    • Responding to a Petition
  • Assistance is only available to self-represented litigants.

Family Court Services

  • Mediation is conducted remotely via Zoom.
  • Accommodations will be made to interview children when deemed appropriate by the Court.
  • The Parenting Plan Questionnaire and any additional documents (10 page limit) can be submitted via US Mail, dedicated email or in person at Reception.
  • In order to access your mediation report prior to the hearing, be sure to submit the Family Law Case Participant Enrollment Form (Party) with a copy of your valid government issued photo identification attached to register your email.

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
and Elder Abuse Restraining Orders

  • Filed via drop box and email.
  • Please complete and attach this form to the restraining order packet.
  • Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse hearings are held remotely via Zoom.
  • Filings received Monday – Friday between 8 am and 2 pm may receive same day order.
  • Once the order is signed, court staff will call the filer and provide instructions on picking it up.

Requesting an Interpreter

  • For DV and EA Hearings send email to request.
  • For all other family law proceedings please call (916) 875-2620 at least ten days before the hearing.

Temporary Orders / Ex Parte Requests

  • Download and read this information sheet on the ex parte process before proceeding.

As information can change quickly, please continue to check the Sacramento Superior Court Family Law Webpage frequently for any new information and advisements.