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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- How can I get more information on my criminal case?
You can call the criminal division number at (530) 406-6705 to speak to a deputy clerk who will assist you with limited case information over the phone. You can find out if you have fines owing, if a warrant exists or if you have a court date and the date, time and department of the hearing. For information about posting bail, please contact the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department at (530) 668-5245.
- I just learned that I have a warrant out for my arrest. What can I do?
You can call the Criminal Division at (530) 406-6705 to speak to a deputy clerk who will assist you or turn yourself in to law enforcement or contact an attorney who can advise you. If there is a misdemeanor warrant out for your arrest you can contact the Criminal Division to set a court date for a “warrant surrender" or turn yourself into local law enforcement. *Note* The court permits a “one time" request to be placed on calendar for a warrant surrender. No further court dates will be scheduled if you fail to appear and the warrant will remain outstanding.
- What can I do if I can't make my arraignment for a misdemeanor charge?
You can call the Criminal Division at (530) 406-6705 to speak to a deputy clerk who will assist you. You can request to be placed on calendar for a “warrant surrender". If your request is granted, and you do not appear for you scheduled court date, you will have to surrender yourself to law enforcement. The court will not grant another court date and the warrant will remain outstanding until you appear.
- When and where are in-custody arraignments held?
In-custody arraignments are held Monday-Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Department 1, located at 1000 Main Street, Woodland, CA. Most in-custody defendants are placed on calendar the morning of court and may not appear on the court calendar.
- What are the different types of hearings?
• Arraignment - A proceeding in which an individual who is accused of committing a crime (felony or misdemeanor) is brought into court where there is a reading of the charges against you, reading of your Constitutional rights, and an entering of a plea.
• Pretrial Conference (PTC) - A conference for a misdemeanor case between parties (prosecutor and defense) regarding planning of the trial, review of proposed evidence and witnesses, and setting the trial schedule. May also discuss the possibility of settling the case.
• Preliminary Examination/Hearing (PX) - A felony hearing held before a judicial officer in which evidence is presented so that the court can determine whether there is sufficient evidence or cause to hold the accused for a trial on a felony charge in Superior Court.
• Trial - The examination of evidence and the decision of the issues of law by a judge or jury to determine guilt or innocence. Can be either (1) a bench trial, i.e., a court trial that is heard and decided by a judge, or (2) a jury trial, i.e., a court trial that is heard and decided by a jury, which usually consists of 12 people.
- How long should I plan to be in Court?
As a defendant, you should expect to be in Court for a substantial portion of the day to take care of all possible matters.
- What should I bring to Court?
When you come to Court it is important that you bring any relevant paperwork having to do with your case, such as:
• Copy of citation
• Appearance letter and/or Jail release papers
• Bond receipt
• Cash bail receipt
• Documents demonstrating proof of compliance with judicial orders and sentence
• Money for fines and fees
- What should I do when I come to Court?
Look for your name, your courtroom location, and the time your case will be heard on the scrolling calendar monitor. The calendar Kiosk is located near the security station on the 1st floor of the courthouse located at 1000 Main Street. *Note* Information displayed on the calendar monitor is sorted alphabetically by last name, first name.
- How do I find out which department my case is being heard in
To find out which department your case is being heard in, please review the Daily Calendar section on this Website (click here) or phone the Criminal Division to speak to a clerk at (530) 406-6705.
- What should I do if I was scheduled to appear in Court and my name doesn't appear on the calendar?
If you were scheduled to appear in Court and your name doesn't appear on the calendar, call (530) 406-6705 to speak to a clerk or go to the Criminal Division, located on the 1st floor of the courthouse.
- Do I need an attorney the first time I appear in Court?
Whether or not you need an attorney will be determined when you appear in Court. If you can not afford an attorney one may be appointed for you by the court.
- How do I go about getting copies of my case?
There are two ways to obtain copies of your case.
• In Person: You can appear in person at the clerk windows and the clerk will assist you. The cost is $.50 per each page copied. For certified copies, there is an additional cost of $25.00 per document.
• In Writing: You can request to have copies by submitting a written request. You will need to include your full name, date of birth, which documents you would like copied and the year of arrest/violation along with a telephone number where we can reach you if additional information is needed in order to process your request. The cost is the same as above, but there is an additional research fee of $15.00 and checks should be made payable to "Yolo Superior Court". Since the total amount due will depend on the number of pages copied, please include in the memorandum section of your check "not to exceed $(with the dollar amount maximum you wish to stay within)". You will also need to include a self-addressed stamped envelope so that the court can return your documents/copies. Mail your request to: Yolo Superior Court, 1000 Main Street, Attn:Research RM#1511, Woodland, CA. 95695.
- Is my case information open or viewable to the public and what can they see?
Yes. Anyone can review a case that has been filed with the court. Viewable information includes the charging document, minutes of the court, reporter transcripts, sentencing information and various other documents and filings.
Confidential information such as police reports, probation reports or any document deemed confidential under the law is not made available or viewable to the general public.
- How can I petition to have charges dismissed from my record?
If you were convicted of a non-motor vehicle related infraction or misdemeanor and were not placed on probation, you or an attorney can file a Petition per PC 1203.4a and Order for Petition per PC 1203.4a to have the charges dismissed from your record. These forms are located on the Judicial Council of California Forms section. A filing fee may be collected by the court, to be determined by the judge. Further self help can be located on the Judicial Council of California website.
- Is there a direct line available for law enforcement?
If you are calling from another government agency for reference checks, court dates and times, or background history, please call (530) 406-6705 and notify the clerk that you are calling from a government agency regarding one of the above items.
- What is a civil assessment?
A civil assessment is a $300 penalty issued for failing to appear for court or for failing to pay your fines. If you have been issued a civil assessment you have 15 days to contact the Court to schedule a Court date to stop the process. After 15 days the civil assessment is final and you will need to file a “Motion to Vacate Civil Assessment". At this point a civil assessment can only be dropped per the Judge's discretion. The filing fee for this process is $60.00.
Location and Hours
1000 Main Street,
Woodland, CA 95695
Phone: (530) 406-6705
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday