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Where to Find Help

UPDATED March 19, 2015

Courthouse Locations


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Below is a list of courthouses where you can file for a protection order.  (If you want to file for custody, divorce, or anything else, you may want to call the courthouse to make sure that the court we have listed is the proper courthouse.)  At the courthouse, the clerk will provide you with the forms that you need to file.  If you need assistance filling out the forms, the clerk may be able to give basic instructions, but the clerk usually cannot help you decide what information to write or give you any sort of advice.  You will also find links to online forms at our CA Download Court Forms page.  For further help, you may want to reach out to a local domestic violence program or a legal services organization.  You can find links to both types of organizations on our CA Where to Find Help page.



George E. McDonald Hall of Justice
2233 Shoreline Drive
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: 510-263-4305
Phone: 510-267-6911 Clerk's Office
Web: http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/Pages.aspx/Domestic-Violence-Elder-Restraining-Orders
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30-4:30 and Drop Box Hours: 2:30-4:30.


Alhambra Superior Court
150 West Commonwealth Avenue
Room 234
Alhambra, CA 91801
Phone: (626) 308-5521
Web: http://www.lacourt.org/selfhelp/abuseandharassment/SH_AH001.aspx
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:15-4:30; Phone Hours: 8:30-10:30 and 1:30-3:30.


The Superior Court of California, County of Modoc
205 South East Street
Alturas, CA 96101
Phone: 530-233-6516
Phone: 530-233-1223 ext. 1223 Civil Family Law Court
Web: http://www.modocsuperiorcourt.ca.gov/index.html


Superior Court Historic Courthouse
101 Maple St
Auburn, CA 95603
Phone: (916) 408-6000
Phone: (916) 408-6000 ext. 5 Family Law Division
Completed domestic violence restraining order paperwork can be turned in at the Auburn Courthouse to the Family Law Division. It is strongly advised to be there at 8:00 A.M. The Law Division does accept appointments but they book far in advance. If you need help completing your paperwork, help is available at the Legal Help Center located at 10820 Justice Center Dr, Roseville Ca. 95678 at (916) 408-6000.


Catalina Superior Court
215 Sumner Avenue
Avalon, CA 90704
Phone: (310) 510-0026
Fax: (310) 514-0314


Avenal Downtown Courthouse
501 East Kings Street
Avenal, CA 93204
Phone: (559) 582-1010 ext. 4094
Phone: (559) 386-5225
Web: http://www.kings.courts.ca.gov/depts/restorders/DVRS.asp
Forms may be picked up from the Kings County Superior Court at these Divisional offices at no charge. Locations include: Hanford - 1426 South Drive; Lemoore – 449 “C” Street; Avenal – 501 East King Street; Corcoran – 1000 Chittenden Avenue. Clerk's Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00-4:00 and Fridays 8:00-11:30, closed 1:00-2:00 for lunch.

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