ABOUT SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY SUPERIOR 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 Manteca and Lodi.
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 San Joaquin County Superior Court received both the Distinguished Service Award and the Ralph N. Kleps Award in 2002 for Improvement in the Administration of the Courts for “In the Interest of Justice” video project.
Successful recipient of $37,000 Judicial Council grant for Cultural Awareness Training video project, to develop professional video for purpose of educating Bench and Court staff about the ethnic cultures of the Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, and Vietnamese to promote access and fairness in the Court, 5/00. Completed video and accompanying written materials titled: “In the Interest of Justice, Cultural Information in California Courts, “ 6/2001. Final product distributed to all California trial courts for use in training judicial officers and court staff.
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.