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Court Operations Notice:

Effective June 6, 2022, the court's phone hours are Mon-Fri 10:00am-4:00pm. For faster service, please email the court at for the Nevada City clerk's office and for the Truckee clerk’s office. Due to staffing challenges, please expect longer wait times for processing of your documents.

COVID-19 Information:


Do not visit any Nevada County Courthouse if you have recently tested positive for COVID-19; have had direct exposure to someone known to have COVID-19; or if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as fever, cough, headache or shortness of breath. Instead, contact your attorney or call the court at (530) 362-4309 to arrange an alternative.


  • Appeals

    The Appeals Division is responsible for the filing of all appeals in civil cases.

  • Civil

    Civil cases involve disputes between private parties rather than the violation of criminal law. 

  • Criminal & Misdemeanor

    Criminal Court hears cases ranging from minor offenses (misdemeanors) such as traffic infractions to serious ones like robbery and murder (felonies).

  • Family Law

    Family Law Courts have jurisdiction over all cases involving dissolution of marriage, legal separation, nullity, paternity, domestic violence, child custody, visitation and support. 

  • Grand Jury

    Grand juries are an integral part of our system of law dating back to the Assize of Clarendon of 1166 and the Magna Carta of 1215.

  • Jury Service

    A Jury is a selected group of citizens which hears the testimonies in a legal dispute and determines what they believe is the truth.

  • Juvenile

    Juvenile court handles three types of cases: Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Status Offenses and Juvenile Dependency. 

  • Probate

    Probate is the court procedure that transfers the legal ownership of people's property after they die. 

  • Small Claims

    Small Claims is a court where you can exercise your rights to resolve a dispute for damages of $10,000 or less. 

  • Traffic & Infractions

    The Traffic Division handles all traffic tickets and infraction citations issued in Nevada County.

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