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Description of the Court

The Superior Court of California, County of Sierra is a unified Superior court, served by two judges, one family support commissioner (AB1058), and four permanent employees.

The court has one presiding judge, the Honorable John P. Kennelly and assistant presiding judge, the Honorable Charles H. Ervin .

The Courthouse is located in Downieville, CA.

 

   

Mailing Address:

  P.O. Box 476, Downieville, CA 95936

   

Physical Address

  100 Courthouse Square, Downieville, CA 

   

Telephone:

  (530) 289-3698

   

FAX:

  (530) 289-0205

The Regional Courthouse facility in Portola, CA is currently designated for all Sierra County traffic cases. This facility can also be scheduled for Small Claims and Unlawful Detainers by request and stipulation of the parties.

 

   

Mailing /
Physical Address:

  Plumas Sierra Regional Courthouse, 600 S. Gulling Street, Portola, CA 96122

   

Telephone:

  (530) 832-6880

 

Public Access to Judicial Administrative Records

In order to inspect or request a copy of a judicial administrative record of this court, it is necessary to comply with the requirements contained in California Rules of Court, sections 10.500 and 10.803.

Requests are to be directed to:

Court Executive Officer
Sierra Superior Court
P. O. Box 476
Downieville, CA 95936

See Notice below for new operational hours:

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA
COUNTY OF PLUMAS
COUNTY OF SIERRA


PUBLIC NOTICE
PURSUANT TO GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 68106


February 27, 2012

Currently the Clerk’s Office at the Plumas Sierra Regional Courthouse of the Superior Courts of California, County of Plumas and Sierra is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, excluding court holidays.

Effective April 30, 2012 the Clerk’s office hours will be reduced, and the office will be closed from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. daily.

The courts find this action necessary due to the continuing budget reductions to the judicial branch. The most recent budget reduction to the local trial courts in the current fiscal year has resulted in the loss of a clerical position at this courthouse. The remaining staff person is entitled by law to a lunch break, and it is not feasible for staff from either the Quincy courthouse in Plumas County (70 miles round trip) or from the Downieville courthouse in Sierra County (90 miles round trip) to provide this coverage. Telephone access to this courthouse will still be available during the closure period by calling (530) 832-4286.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you would like to submit comments on the reduction in the Clerk’s office hours at the Plumas Sierra Regional courthouse, please submit them in writing to Deborah Norrie, Court Executive Officer, Plumas Superior Court, 520 Main St., Room 104, Quincy, CA 95971 or Lee Kirby, Court Executive Officer, Sierra Superior Court, P.O. Box 476, Downieville, CA 95936.

Directions to the Downieville Courthouse:

From Nevada City/Grass Valley:

Take Highway 49 north to Downieville. Once in town, turn right at the Union 76 station, cross the bridge, and go up a short hill. The courthouse will be the large white building with the blue roof on the right.

From Truckee:

Take Highway 89 to Highway 49 south toward Downieville. Once in town, turn left at the stop sign, go one block and turn left at the Union 76 Station. After you cross the bridge and go up a short hill, the courthouse will be the large white building with the blue roof on the right.

Or use this link for directions from other locations:  
For current road conditions, call 1-800-427-ROAD (1-800-427-7623) or use this link  to check on-line.

 

Directions to the Portola Courthouse:

Coming from the West on Highway 70:

At the traffic signal, right on to S. Gulling St. Cross the bridge, and follow S. Gulling Street for 1 mile. Courthouse is on the right.

Coming from the East on Highway 70:

At the traffic signal, left on to S. Gulling St. Cross the bridge, and follow S. Gulling Street for 1 mile. Courthouse is on the right.


Court Administration
Lee E. Kirby
Court Executive Officer

100 Courthouse Sq., 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 476
Downieville, CA 95936

(530) 289-3698 phone
(530) 289-0205 fax


Court Officers

SUPERIOR COURT 

John P. Kennelly, Presiding Judge
Term Expires: January, 2013

Charles H. Ervin, Assistant Presiding Judge
Term Expires: January, 2015

Lee E. Kirby
Court Executive Officer

100 Courthouse Sq., 2nd Floor
P. O. Box 476
Downieville, CA 95936

(530) 289-3698 phone
(530) 289-0205 fax


Family Law - Facilitator

Available for Nevada and Sierra Counties

201 Church Street, Suite 10, Nevada City, Ca 95959
Phone # 530-470-2567 fax 530-478-1946

Gretchen Serrata, Facilitator
Connie (Consuelo) Vargas-Martin, Legal Assistant/Servicios Bilingue


Services :

  • Helping you help yourself with family law issues through the use of our self-help library, books, videos, forms and information
  • Mediating child and spousal support issues between you and your former partner
  • Calculating guideline child and spousal support
  • Answering child and spousal support related questions
  • Communicating with the department of child support services regarding unusual problems
  • Mediating other family law issues by referral from a Judge
  • There is NO CHARGE for services.

The Family Law Facilitator, Gretchen Serrata is an attorney available to help all parents/parties, who are not represented by attorneys, and who have questions concerning family law matters, such as issues about child support, spousal support, health insurance, paternity and the visitation process, and community resources to help families. The Facilitator can help you in preparing your own forms and can give you general information. The Facilitator cannot go with you to court.

The Facilitator is not your lawyer, but is a neutral person who does not represent any parent/party. No Attorney-client relationship is created between the Facilitator and a person using the Facilitator's services. The Facilitator is available to see both parents/parties who have questions concerning family law matters. There is no confidentiality created between the Facilitator and a person using these services. You should consult with your own attorney if you want personalized advice or strategy, to have a confidential conversation, or to be represented by an attorney in court.

The Family Law Facilitator is not responsible for the outcome of your case.

The Family Law Facilitator is usually available in court to answer your questions and to help you understand the process.

Schedule:

The Family Law Facilitator is available in Nevada City, Truckee, Downieville and Loyalton at various times throughout each month. Please call 530-470-2567 to schedule an appointment.

What is Mediation?

Mediation is an alternative to resolving your child and spousal related issues in court.
Mediation is a cooperative problem solving process between the parties, with the assistant of a trained mediator.
Mediation is not therapy. The goal of mediation is to help you and your former partner come up with a plan designed to meet your families' support needs without going to court. If you both agree, Ms. Serrata can mediate child or spousal support and related issues with you. Agreements reached through mediation are reduced to writing and will become a court order. With a mediated agreement, the parties need not appear in court. Often the parties generally need only submit an agreement to the court for the Judge's signature and filing.

One of the most important benefits of mediation is that an agreement reached in mediation is more likely to be honored by the parties and reduces the likelihood of litigation in the future.


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