Info By Division

Visit the Appeals Division

A non-prevailing party in a case may ask a higher court to review the decision in their case and determine if the decision was correct. They may do this by filing an appeal or, in some instances, a writ.

Visit the Civil Division

The Civil  Division assists parties with cases involving: recovery of money or property in  non-contract civil disputes or contract enforcement; civil rights, and,  landlord tenant actions.

Visit the Criminal Division

The  Criminal Division has jurisdiction over felonies, misdemeanors, infractions.

Visit the Family Court Services Division

The Family  Court Services Division hears matters involving family-related issues and  domestic relations.

Visit the Small Claims Division

The Small  Claims Division handles cases that do not exceed $10,000 and are resolved  quickly and inexpensively with relatively simple and informal rules.

Visit the Traffic Division

The  Traffic Division has jurisdiction over Vehicle Code violations and local  ordinance violations

Court News & Notices

Updated: December 14, 2018
Self Help/Family Law Facilitator Workshop Announcement

Updated: December 12, 2018
Employment Opportunities
Court Services Clerk I-Civil/Family Law Division
Court Services Clerk-Criminal/Traffic Division
Volunteer/Intern Position
Court Interpreter-Spanish

Posted: August 2, 2018
Public Notice: FY 2018-19 Trial Court Trust Fund and General Fund Allocations

Posted: May 30, 2018
Media Plan

Posted: September 21, 2017
News Standing Orders Posted
2017-06 - Juvenile Dependency Assignment
2017-07 - Juvenile Delinquency Assignment

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Welcome to Kings County Superior Court

Presiding Judge: Honorable Donna Tarter
Assistant Presiding Judge: Honorable Robert Shane Burns
Court Executive Officer: Michelle S. Martinez

Kings County is located in the Southern San Joaquin Valley, the world’s most productive agricultural area. Residents and visitors enjoy a variety of recreational activities that include boating, hunting, fishing, hiking, water and snow skiing. The City of Hanford is the County seat. Kings County is proud to be the home of the Lemoore Naval Air Station.

Mission Statement

The mission of Kings County Superior Court is to maximize access to justice in an expedient and timely manner; preserving a balance between independence and accountability and treating everyone with equality, fairness and integrity in order to maximize public trust and confidence.

Temporary Judge Program

Kings County Superior Court is looking to add attorneys to its pool of temporary judges. For more information, please read the announcement:


Hanford Courthouse:
1640 Kings County Drive
Hanford, CA 93230

Phone:(559) 582-1010

Monday - Friday:
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Jury Status: (559) 589-2700

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