Basic Information about the Courts

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Court HouseThe courts were set up to provide for the orderly settlement of disputes between two sides in a controversy. The court system has its own ways of doing things, its own rules – even its own words, sometimes.

The main part of the website has the very specific procedures California courts use for different case types – divorce, guardianship, residential evictions, and so on.

This section of the website will give you more general -- but also very important -- information that will apply to most case types.

  • This Site has how to find information on this website – and much more.
  • How courts work explainS concepts and processes that you might need to use in your case.
  • You and the Court gives you tips and suggestions about getting through your case.
  • Glossary / legal words Opens new window tells you what words mean in a court context. (And it has a link to legal glossaries in 12 other languages!)
  • Video Room takes you to an area where you can sit back and watch legal information videos on your computer.
  • Forms has links to the state and local forms you may need to get key information to the judge who is going to decide your case.

 


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