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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Response Information


For news and announcements concerning COVID-19, Please visit our COVID-19 information page.

Appearing before the Court?  Learn about Remote Appearances

Face-coverings at the Courthouse: Effective Monday, March 7, 2022 the Court is modifying face-covering rules. The Court strongly encourages, but will not require, face-coverings for those who are fully vaccinated in all court facilities. All other unvaccinated persons entering court facilities will continue to be required to wear face-coverings.


Self-Help COVID-19 Information

Masks are still required in the Self-Help Center due to the high number of people served and the size of our facility. If you come without a mask, we are happy to provide one for you. 

We are open in Watsonville Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. It is always helpful (but not required) if you call or email before coming in-person. We may be able to help you remotely, give you homework, and assist you in preparing to make the most of your in-person visit. Please do not have a friend or family member call or come in person for you. We can only work with the person in need directly.

Due to the complexity of landlord tenant law, we are providing limited assistance. For a plain language explanation of what notices are required and what you need to do to move forward with the process visit  The Rent Relief program closed on March 31, 2022. Information about pending applications for the program can be found at Housing is Key 

The Self-Help page has many resources that may be helpful to you at this time as well as the state Self-Help web site.

The Law Library in Santa Cruz is open for walk-in services Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Appointments for computer use are recommended.

  • Court phone: (831) 786-7200 or (831) 420-2200

  • Self Help Center: (831) 786-7200, option 4

  • Small Claims Advisor: (831) 786-7370

  • Law Library: (831)420-2205

  • You may need to leave a message: leave your name, phone number, case number and detailed message. Please make sure your voicemail is set up and your mailbox is not full.

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