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Rules of Court

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Society has created rules for many aspects of our lives to help things run smoothly. In California, to improve the administration of justice, the State Constitution gives the Judicial Council the power – and the responsibility – to adopt rules of practice and procedure for all of the State’s courts.

  • The State Legislature can pass laws that change the Judicial Council rules.
  • The State’s Judicial Council can make rules that change local court rules.

There are nearly 1,000 California Rules of Court. Most of them will not apply to your case, but you should know the rules that do apply. They can be read by clicking on the words below that are underlined.

California Rules of Court

Title One. Rules Applicable to All Courts (Rules 1.1 - 1.150)
Title Two. Trial Court Rules (Rules 2.1 - 2.1100)
Title Three. Civil Rules (Rules 3.1 - 3.2120)
Title Four. Criminal Rules (Rules 4.1 - 4.601)
Title Five. Family and Juvenile Rules (Rules 5.1 - 5.830)
Title Six. [Reserved]
Title Seven. Probate Rules (Rules 7.1 - 7.1060)
Title Eight. Appellate Rules (Rules 8.1 - 8.1125)
Title Nine. Rules on Law Practice, Attorneys, and Judges (Rules 9.1 - 9.61)
Title Ten. Judicial Administration Rules (Rules 10.1 - 10.1030)

Local Rules of Court

Each local court also has its own set of rules for things that are not covered at the state level. To find the local rules for the Superior Court where you live in California, click here. Opens new window

If you live in Contra Costa County, California, click here. Opens new window

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