ABOUT THE COURT
The California Constitution provides for a system of courts. The Superior Court serves all of the citizens of San Joaquin County as the general trial court. The Superior Court has jurisdiction over all felonies, misdemeanors, civil cases of all amounts, small claims, traffic, cases involving title and possession of real property, dissolution of marriage and child custody, probate, conservatorship, mental health, and juvenile proceedings. These proceedings are conducted at the Stockton Courthouse, Juvenile Justice Center in French Camp, and branch courts in Lodi, Manteca, and Tracy.
In 2001, San Joaquin County Superior Court received the prestigious Ralph N. Kleps Award for its Court-Community Leadership and Liaison Program. San Joaquin County Superior Court was also a Ralph N. Kleps Award recipient in 2000 for its innovative Jury Duty Compliance Program.
The annual award, instituted in 1991, is given in recognition of innovative state court programs and is named for California's first Administrative Director for the Courts, Ralph N. Kleps.