DUI Court in San Joaquin County Receives Continued Funding

STOCKTON – The Superior Court of California, County of San Joaquin, has been awarded a $623,000 continuation grant to support the DUI Court Program and the Choices and Consequences school outreach program. Funding for these programs was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Funding will support program operations and services between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022. The San Joaquin DUI Court Program, a model court in the state of California, targets all repeat offenders in Stockton. It is a unique two-track model designed by Judge Richard Vlavianos. Its Treatment Track is designed for substance-dependent or -addicted offenders and focuses on providing substance abuse treatment in conjunction with continuous alcohol monitoring, drug testing and regular court appearances. The other track is designed for offenders who do not have a dependence or addiction problem and it is focused on monitoring and regular court appearances. Currently the program has a caseload of nearly 450 individuals.

“Our community has experienced a significant reduction in DUI repeat offenses, indicating that local efforts are producing great results,” said Judge Richard Vlavianos, who started the program in 2008. “There are also fewer DUI-related fatalities and injuries thanks to the ongoing support of the Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”

DUI convictions in the Stockton judicial district have declined drastically by 66 percent since the inception of DUI Court. Collaborative Courts is looking forward to the long-awaited expansion of DUI Court to South County. This will ensure our recidivism statistics and increased community safety spread to our Manteca, CA and Tracy, CA community.
The grant also funds the Choices and Consequences school outreach program to educate middle school and high school students on the dangers of driving while under the influence. The court presents the program across San Joaquin County, expects to reach about 4,000 students this year. The program includes real DUI sentencing hearings, a prison panel discussion, testimonials from real DUI offenders and other information.

Contact: Kelly Placeres, Collaborative Courts Director, (209) 992-5225



Public Notice: Clerk’s Office and Self Help Center Hours

Beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, the Clerk’s offices at all locations will be open        8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding    holidays.  Clerk’s Offices can also be contacted as follows:

· By Telephone: To contact the Court by telephone, please visit the Court’s website at www.sjcourts.org for current hours and contact information. 

· Support On-line: Questions can be submitted via the support link on the Court’s website at  https://www.sjcourts.org/online-services/support/.

There are drop boxes outside of the Stockton and Lodi Courthouse. For the Manteca Branch and the Juvenile Justice Center, a drop box is located within the buildings.  eFiling is available for Civil, Family Law, Criminal Motions and Probate. Please visit https://appfile.sjcourts.org/ for information.

The Court’s Records Management Division, where copies of court records can be  obtained, will continue to assist the public by way of appointments. To request an appointment,     visit www.sjcourts.org and go to Divisions — Records Management —Appointments or click this link https://www.sjcourts.org/online-services/records-request/.  You may also call 209-992-5697, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., for more information on how to request an appointment.

The Self-Help Center will be open to the public for in-person assistance from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, excluding holidays.  The center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for in-person assistance on Wednesdays.  Online workshop assistance is available at www.sjcourts.org/self-help/ (response time is three to five days), telephonic assistance by calling (209) 992-5283      between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., and via email at  selfhelp@sjcourts.org.   For updates about hours of operation, workshops and other available self-help online services, visit the Court’s website at www.sjcourts.org.


Public Notice: Mandatory Masking Beginning Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The health and safety of court users, judicial officers and our employees is our top priority. Pursuant to California Department of Public Health guidelines, effective Wednesday, December 15, 2021, all persons must wear a face covering to enter any courthouse and at all times while inside regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.


22nd Annual Adoption Saturday ~ November 20, 2021

Contact: Sonya Farnsworth                                                                                                                                                   

Telephone: (209) 992-5333                                                                                                                                                             

Email: sfarnsworth@sjcourts.org

On Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 9 a.m., the Superior Court of California, County of San Joaquin, will host National Adoption Day with San Joaquin County Human Services Agency, Parents by Choice, Family Connections Christian Adoptions, AspiraNet, Alternative Family Services, and Family Extension. This year’s event will celebrate and finalize adoptions for 21 families and 29 foster care children.

This event will be presided over by Judges Barbara A. Kronlund, Seth R. Hoyt, Jr., Anthony P. Lucaccini, and Erin Guy-Castillo and will begin with a brief welcome and introduction. Also, a couple adoptive families will share their own personal story.

Upon reflection of this eventful day, Judge Kronlund said, “This is truly a most heart-warming experience for everyone involved. Children, who through no fault of their own need families, find their forever homes. Families, missing something that only a beautiful child can bring to them, see their dreams fulfilled. Instant families are created; and families grow before our eyes.  And these children can all rest assured, they are truly wanted and loved because they were picked to join these select families.”

Volunteers from the court and agencies participate in this special day by working together to celebrate the joys of adoption and encourage more families and individuals to give children permanent families through adoption.

National Adoption Day has been celebrated across the nation on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and to raise awareness of the more than 120,000 children and youth in foster care waiting to find a permanent and loving family. Over the past 22 years, the nationwide collective effort of judges, lawyers, court staff, foster professionals, child advocates, sheriff personnel, and many others has made the dreams of over 75,000 children and youth come true by working on this one special day to finalize adoptions for children and youth in foster care.

For your convenience, here is information regarding the event:

– Begins at 9:00 a.m., Jury Room 12th floor

– Court opens to families at 8:15 a.m.

– Welcome/Introduction: Judges Barbara A. Kronlund, Seth R. Hoyt, Jr., Anthony P. Lucaccini, and Erin Guy-Castillo

– Stockton Courthouse – 180 E. Weber Ave., Stockton, CA

– Members of the public and press are invited to attend court in person.  Press interested in recording court proceedings via TV camera and recorder, still camera, and/or audio must complete required paperwork.

Court Seeks Public Comment on FY 2021-2022 Proposed Budget


Pursuant to Government Code section 68511.7, the Superior Court of California, County of San Joaquin is providing the public with notice and opportunity for comment prior to adoption of the trial court’s Proposed Baseline Budget Plan for Fiscal Year 2021-2022.

The Court will accept written comments on the Proposed Baseline Budget Plan (attached) through 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2021. Per Government Code section 68511.7(d), the Court is not obligated to provide responses to the comments received. Please submit your comments
electronically to sbohrer@sjcourts.org or by mail to:

Stephanie Bohrer
Asst. Court Executive Officer
180 E. Weber Ave., Ste. 1306E
Stockton, CA 95202

The proposed budget will be adopted by the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court five business days following the posting of this notice.