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FILING INSTRUCTIONS AND PROCEDURES

 

Filing Court Papers (General Information)

New Complaint or Petition

Answers and Responses

Motions

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Filing Court Papers (General Information)

You may file any document at any court location within Kings County.  Documents submitted in person may be filed between the hours of 8:00AM and 4:00PM Monday - Thursday and Friday 8:00AM - 11:30AM; Any documents presented for filing after 3:00 pm will be filed in as of the day they are presented but will not be worked up until the next business day. Documents for matters on court the following day must be filed prior to 3:00 pm on Monday - Thursday and prior to 11:30 on Fridays. Any documents submitted for filing after 3:00 pm for a matter on calendar the next day must be submitted in open court. 

Documents may also be placed in the courtís drop box at any of the court locations.  Any documents placed in the drop box after 4:30 pm will be filed as of the next court day and will not be backdated.

All documents presented for filing must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Pleadings will not be filed unless they comply with the California Rules of Court, Rule 2.100 et seq. Exhibits must be as legible as original typing or writing.
     

  • Conformed copies of documents will be returned by mail unless a self-addressed stamped envelope, with sufficient postage is provided.
     

  • A copy will only be confirmed if it mirrors the original document.
     

  • Only 3 copies of each document will be conformed.
     

  • Advance reservations are required for all pleadings requiring a hearing date.
     

  • Documents submitted without appropriate filing fee or a completed Request For Waiver of Court Costs, and an Order on Court Fee Waiver (Superior Court) will be returned unfiled. To see if you qualify for a waiver of Court fees click here.
     

  • Filings paid with checks that are returned for non-sufficient funds will be voided if not paid by cash or certified check/money order within 20 days of notification (411.20 Code of Civil Procedure)

New Complaint or Petition

All Complaints may be submitted on pleading paper and must be in conformance with California Rules of Court, Rule 2.100 et seq. .  Petitions must be submitted on pleading paper.  New Complaints and Petitions must be submitted with a Judicial Council Civil Case Cover Sheet and filing fee or a completed Request For Waiver of Court Costs, and an Order on Court Fee Waiver (Superior Court)  To see if you qualify for a waiver of Court fees click here. All Judicial Council forms can be obtained at www.courts.ca.gov/forms. If the statute of limitations is approaching, it is recommended that the Complaint or Petition be filed in person or sent priority mail to 1426 South Drive, Hanford, CA 93230.

Answers and Responses

Answers can be submitted on pleading paper and must be in compliance with California Rules of Court, Rule 2.100 et seq.Judicial Council forms may be obtained at www.courts.ca.gov/forms. Defendants/Respondents in Unlimited or Limited Civil cases have 30 days from the date of personal service of the Summons and Complaint/Petition to file an Answer/Response with the Court, along with the appropriate filing fee or a completed Request For Waiver of Court Costs, and an Order on Court Fee Waiver (Superior Court). To see if you qualify for a waiver of Court fees click here. A copy of the Answer/Response must be served on all parties who have appeared in the case. The Answer/Response may be served by anyone over the age of 18 and not a party to the case, and pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure Section 465, or a default judgment may be entered against you. If the last day to file the Answer/Response is approaching, it is recommended that that Answer/Response be filed in person or sent priority mail, to 1426 South Drive, Hanford, CA 93230

If you wish to view California Codes, they are available through the Official California Legislative Information web site located at www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html. Follow the directions for finding the code(s) you are interested in.

Motions

Hearing dates for all motions must be reserved in advance by contacting the calendar clerk at (559)582-1010 x 3076.

 

 
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