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General Court Information

Civil, Small Claims & Probate
The filing of a complaint commences a civil action. This is the means by which the court acquires jurisdiction of the case and is the start of a case file. Some common types of actions are: Unlawful Detainer Actions, Conversion Actions, Breach of Contract Actions, Personal Injury or Property Damage Actions.

A criminal matter is a public offense or act that violates a law. Offenses against criminal codes of law are distinguished by seriousness and punishment into three general categories: Felony, misdemeanor and infraction. The courts receive notification of alleged criminal activity via a written citation, complaint, information or indictment.

Family Law and Support
The Family Court handles cases where parties seek court intervention to solve their family issues. Judges hear and decide cases involving divorce (marriage dissolution), paternity, domestic violence/abuse, child custody, support and visitation.

The Placer County Juvenile Court consists of two distinct types of proceedings. Dependency proceedings involve the protection of children who have been or are at risk of being seriously abused, neglected or abandoned. The Department of Health and Human Services investigates the allegations and is the petitioner on cases filed in Dependency Court. Delinquency proceedings involve children under the age of 18 alleged to have committed a delinquent act (would be criminal if committed by an adult.) The District Attorney is the petitioner on cases filed in Delinquency Court.

The Traffic Division is responsible for processing all traffic citations issued by the Auburn Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Lincoln Police Department, Placer County Animal Control, Placer County Sheriff's Department, Rocklin Police Department, Roseville Police Department, and other state law enforcement agencies.

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