SLO Superior Court seeks Public Comment on Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14
Superior Court of California
County of San Luis Obispo
1035 Palm Street, Room 385
Susan Matherly San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Court Executive Officer (805) 781-5421
fax (805) 781-1159
CONTACT: Susan Matherly, Court Executive Officer (805) 781-5421
STEVEN P. ALPERT v. CUESTA TITLE COMPANY, CV 098220
PUBLIC AND MEDIA SEATING
Due to building and courtroom configuration limitations, media and public seating will be extremely limited. Although the Court anticipates opening a media availability and interview area in the courthouse, creation of an overflow room for public viewing and listening is not possible.
Because there is an overwhelming demand to view this trial, seating is at a premium. Litigants and their counsel must be accommodated which leaves six gallery seats for the media and public.
Accordingly, a media pool reporting system will be in place for the trial. Three seats will be initially allocated to the media as follows: - one seat for print pool reporter, one for broadcast; internet and cable outlets, and one for radio outlets or wire services.
At 9:25 a.m., the Public Information Officer will ask media representatives to identify their respective pool members. If no pool member comes forward, that seat will be reallocated to the public. If seats remain unclaimed after the pool members and litigants to this trial have been accommodated, there will be a drawing for the vacant seats.
For more detailed information, contact 781-5421.
Memo - Designation of Complex Cases
DATE: August 8, 2012
Use of Court Reporters in Civil Matters
November 1, 2011
Use of Court Reporters in Civil Law Matters Due to inadequate funding caused by budget cutbacks, the Court regrets that it will no longer be able to provide court reporters in civil law matters. If you wish to have a matter reported, please make advance arrangements with any licensed reporter or reporting firm. The Court maintains a list of local reporters with court experience that is available upon request. This new policy will go into effect on Monday, November 14, 2011.
Suspension of Grover Beach Operations
September 26, 2011
The Court regrets to announce that it will suspend operations at the Grover Beach Courthouse beginning January 3, 2012, due to unprecedented reductions in funding of the judicial branch. San Luis Obispo County Superior Court alone faces over a $1 million shortfall.
The Court recognizes that this decision will greatly inconvenience County residents during 2012. Court leaders hope that the suspension of operations is temporary and promise to aggressively seek restoration of the recent funding cuts so as to ensure continuing access to justice for everyone.
All Grover Beach cases will be heard at the San Luis Obispo Courthouse, at 1035 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo. All filings previously accepted in Grover Beach will be transferred to and handled at the Palm Street address during 2012.
EZLegalFile to be Discontinued
Effective June 30, 2011, EZLegalFile will discontinue operations and go offline.
Please make every effort to complete and print your California court forms prior to this date. If you have previously completed forms that you wish to save, please print them for your records as this information will no longer be available for your use.
It has been our pleasure to provide the California public and the California Superior Courts with this award-winning service over the past ten years. Regrettably, ongoing reductions in court funding has necessitated that we discontinue this service. We would like to thank you for your past support in using the EZLegalFile service.
Notice To Forensic Evaluators
June 6, 2011 (updated from June 3 notice)
Compensation Rate Increase
Effective June 3, 2011, the flat fee rate for Penal Code Section 1026 and 1027 evaluations has been changed from a $300 flat rate to a $500 flat rate.
All orders for evaluations made prior to May 18, 2011 and billed before June 3, 2011 shall remain payable at the $300 flat fee rate. All orders for evaluation made after May 18, 2011 and billed after June 3, 2011 shall be paid $500 flat fee.
For further information, call (805) 781-5421.
Identity Theft Scam Alert
The San Luis Obispo Superior Court has become aware of telephone scams by identity thieves targeting members of the public. Identity thieves call, claiming to be court employees in need of personal information for jury service.
Similar scams have been reported recently in other California counties as well as other states. (See more details of a similar scam  at the Los Angeles Superior Court.)
We urge all members of the public to be aware of such scams and be careful whenever you reveal confidential information over the telephone.
The San Luis Obispo Superior Court does not – and will not – telephone jurors or potential jurors to ask for personal financial information.
What To Do
The Court suggests that you hang up on any caller who claims to be a court employee seeking your financial information.