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The Online Civil Case Search Portal is currently experiencing issues. We are working on restoring the search functionality at this time.
We apologize for any inconvenience this outage may cause.

Notice September 23, 2016:

Superior Court Judges Elect Michael Carrozzo as Assistant Presiding Judge

Notice September 22, 2016:

Superior Court Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017

Notice September 7, 2016:

The Superior Court intends to adopt the following form for optional use in criminal cases:

SC-3086: Addendum to Felony Plea Form with Explanation and Waiver of Rights

Press Release April 4, 2016:

Superior Court is actively seeking volunteers for the 2016-2017 Civil Grand Jury

Notice March 16, 2016:

Proposed changes to Local Rules of Court posted. Please see:

Notice February 1, 2016:

2016-17 Santa Barbara Civil Grand Jury Application is now available

Notice January 5, 2016:

Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commission now accepting applications for Commissioner

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A non-prevailing party in a case may ask a higher court to review the decision in their case and determine if the decision was correct.


A civil matter involves a lawsuit in which one party sues another to recover money, real property or personal property, to enforce a contract or an obligation, to co/llect damages for injury or to protect some civil right.


Criminal cases range from relatively minor offenses such as traffic infractions to serious ones such as robbery and murder.

Family Law

Superior Court has programs that provide limited services in family law: Family Custody Services and Family Law Facilitator


In California, as in all states, there is a separate court system for persons under the age of 18, who are known as minors or juveniles. The juvenile courts have the ability to intervene in three different types of circumstances: Delinquency, Status Offenders, Dependent Children.

Small Claims

Small Claims is a court where you can exercise your rights to resolve a dispute that do not exceed $10,000 and are resolved quickly and inexpensively with relatively simple and informal rules.

Traffic/Minor Offenses

Violations of traffic laws, municipal code violations and county ordinances are heard in Traffic Court.

Jury Services

The right to trial by a jury is the privilege of every person in the United States.  This right is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.  Jurors are essential to the administration of justice.

Locations & Contact Information


Santa Barbara   (805) 882-4520
Santa Maria CIVIL: (805) 614-6414
CRIMINAL/TRAFFIC: (805) 346-7550
Lompoc (805) 737-7789
Solvang (805) 686-5040


Our Mission

The mission of the Santa Barbara County Superior Court is to resolve disputes arising under the law in a fair, accessible, effective and efficient manner, and to interpret and apply the law consistently, impartially, and independently to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitutions of California and the United States.

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