When filing with the court, it is imperative that the correct jurisdiction and venue are identified. Jurisdiction relates to a particular court’s ability to hear and decide a case. Venue relates to the actual location of the court, which will hear and decide a case. If you would like more information on Jurisdiction and Venue, please refer to the California Courts Self-Help section on Jurisdiction and Venue.
Below is a brief list of locally sought-after courts, specific to the San Joaquin County area. The court you are seeking may, or may not, be included on the list. If you are unsure which court is appropriate, please refer to the California Courts Self-Help section on Jurisdiction and Venue. Finding your local court can be difficult without guidance. Fortunately, the California Courts website has a feature which allows you to Find Your Local Court.