January 27, 2021


Presiding Judge: Hon. Leland Davis, III
Assistant Presiding Judge: Hon. Elizabeth K. Lee
Court Executive Officer: Neal I. Taniguchi

Updated January 14, 2021
Clerk's Office Announcement
Effective January 1, 2021, San Mateo Superior Court is a direct calendar court for all civil matters. All pending and newly filed civil cases have been assigned to a judge for all purposes. Please visit our website here for additional information, including civil calendar remote appearance information.

PLEASE NOTE: Matters previously scheduled to be heard by Judge Buchwald on the following dates will now be heard by Judge Foiles: January 19 - 22, February 16 and 17, and March 15 and 16, 2021. Please use the Zoom credentials for Judge Foiles for your remote appearance.
Due to the increase in COVID cases, San Mateo Superior Court, Redwood City and South San Francisco Clerk's Offices are closed to the public, effective Monday, December 14, 2020.  Exceptions: The Redwood City Clerk's Office will process the following documents in person for self-represented parties: Emergency Ex Parte, Domestic Violence and all Temporary Restraining Order Petitions, and Civil Ex Partes. All other documents may be electronically filed, mailed, or dropped off in the clerk's office drop boxes. To contact the court regarding your case: https://www.sanmateocourt.org/contact_us.php
Traffic Clerk's Office now offering Live Chat- faster than waiting on hold! Click on LiveChat in the lower right corner of your screen. Choose Traffic, and start chatting!

You can now take care of your Traffic citation 100% online. You can pay your citation online, or ask the court for a reduction in your fine, get traffic school if you're eligible, or you can protest your ticket by requesting a trial by written declaration. Click here for more details, or click on LiveChat to chat with a traffic clerk about your options.
Mandatory E-Filing in Criminal, Civil and Small Claims.
San Mateo Superior Court Requires that all attorneys Electronically File into Civil, Complex Civil and Small Claims Cases. In Criminal cases, all attorneys, all Justice Partners including law enforcement agencies and bail bond companies must Electronically File all subsequent documents after the initial complaint beginning June 1, 2020.
Protocols for Remote Appearances
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The Juvenile Division handles these types of cases involving minors:

  • Delinquency
  • Dependency
  • Adoptions
  • Emancipation


New: Traffic case payments are now accepted at the Criminal Clerk's Office on the 4th Floor, 400 County Center, Hall of Justice, Redwood City too. Please note: No additional services are available for traffic cases at the Redwood City location.

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