January 17, 2022
Welcome to the Civil Division. The Civil Division handles lawsuits among individuals and/or corporations. The Civil Division conducts civil trials and manages civil filings, case management, name and/or gender changes, and civil restraining orders.
Effective January 1, 2021, San Mateo Superior Court is a direct calendar court for all Civil Matters. All pending and newly filed civl cases are assigned to one judge for all purposes.

Cases filed after January 1, 2021 will be assigned a Judge at the time of filing. For cases filed prior to January 1, 2021, the Clerk's Office is in the process of assigning a Civil Judge to each case. To look up your case, and see the assigned Judge, please visit the Odyssey Portal. If you have a case filed before 2021, with a scheduled hearing, and have not received your notice of judge assignment, please contact the clerk's office. To contact the Clerk's Office with a question about your case, please click here to email the clerk's office.

List of San Mateo Superior Court Civil Judges and information on Civil Direct Calendars.

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Civil CMC Packet

Please refer to the documents and resources below as referenced in your Notice of Case Management Conference.

Drop Box

Civil Drop Box for after hours filing at the Hall of Justice

There is a drop box for after hours civil filings located outside of the Clerk's Office Room A on the first floor of the Hall of Justice.

Please note:
  • Documents placed in the drop box before 4:00 p.m. will be deemed filed the same court business day.
  • Documents placed in the drop box after 4:00 p.m. will be deemed filed the next court business day.
  • If problems are encountered (incorrect fees, not timely, etc.), we will make every effort to contact you before your documents are returned.
  • The drop box is checked and all items are removed at 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each court business day.

Civil ADR Program

Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a way of solving legal problems without going to trial.

Contact Us

Hall of Justice & Records

400 County Center, 1st Floor, Room A
Redwood City, CA 94063 [Directions]

Phone Number and Phone Hours:
(650) 261-5100
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
To Schedule an Appointment click here.

NOTE: The Clerk's Office will continue to accept and process Emergency Ex Parte, Domestic Violence and all Temporary Restraining Order Petitions, and Civil Ex Partes.

If you have questions specific to your case, you may click here to email the clerk's office.

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