Civil Court

 
Civil cases involve a dispute between two or more parties over an injury, their rights, or their obligations. The Court's Civil Division handles non-criminal cases other than family, juvenile, probate, and small claims.
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CATEGORIES OF CIVIL CASES

There are two main categores of civil cases: unlimited jurisdiction and limited jurisdiction.

In unlimited jurisdiction cases, the financial amount in dispute is usually more than $25,000.  
 
In limited jurisdiction cases, the financial amount in dispute is usually $25,000 or less.  
 
Various types of hearings can take place in a civil case, including case management conferences, law and motion hearings, settlement conferences, status conferences, and trials. A trial is called a jury trial if there is a jury present, or a court trial if a judge hears the case without a jury.

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NOTICE:  Effective April 4, 2016, several calendars are moving from the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse to the Hayward Hall of Justice. Click here for more information.

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