Kern County Superior Court

Find the Kern County Superior Court

This page contains complete information on the Kern County Superior Court.  Get help locating the court’s website, address, phone number and other contact information.  You may contact the Kern County Superior Court to address your court date or other issue by starting here.  



What is the Kern County Superior Court?

The Superior Court of Kern County serves the greater Kern County area of central California including the main metropolitan city of Bakersfield.  As of 2015, the population of Kern County was over 882,000 persons.  The Superior Court of Kern County is a state trial court that can hear both non-criminal and criminal cases at trial.

The Kern County Superior Court system includes several individual courts, namely:

  • Metropolitan Division
  • Juvenile Justice Center
  • Delano Superior Court
  • Kern River Superior Court
  • Lamont Superior Court
  • Mojave Superior Court
  • Ridgecrest Superior Court
  • Shafter Superior Court
  • Taft Superior Court

Non-Criminal Case Lookup and Criminal Case Lookup

Kern County Courts separate the case look ups by Non-Criminal and Criminal. You can search Non-Criminal cases by court records or hearings. Hearings requires a date range. To view court records, you will need the record number or the full name associated with the case. Criminal Cases can be researched by case number, date range, or by defendant name. If you are unable to locate your case, you are welcome to contact the local Clerk of Court’s office for assistance.

E-file

E-filing services are limited! Residents of Kern County who need to file a Writ of Execution, Writ of Possession or Abstract of Judgment can do so on the Kern Court’s website. Please note that not all cases are eligible for E-filing services. Some examples are elder abuse, certain Family law cases, civil harassment, and workplace violence. Read the list thoroughly to ensure you are eligible to use E-filing. On the landing page of the site, there is a listing for “filing at home”. It will take you to a 3rd party site and will allow you to do some filings by email or fax that expands your options just a little bit.

Traffic Payment

Traffic tickets received in Kern County can be paid on the court’s website, if you are pleading guilty to the offense and accepting your fine. They use a third-party payment processing service that does charge a nominal fee in addition to your fine and court fees. Paying online is limited to a credit/debit card. You can always pay your traffic fine at the courthouse where your ticket resides with cash, check, or credit card.

Kern County Superior Court Hours

Opening hours for the Metro division of the Kern County Superior Court are Monday through Thursday from 8-4pm. Friday the court is functional from 8-12 noon. The courts are closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays.

Superior Court of Kern County Divisions

  1. Kern County Appeals
  2. Kern County Civil Procedures
  3. Kern County Court Reporters
  4. Kern County Criminal
  5. Kern County Family Law
  6. Kern County Jury Services
  7. Kern County Juvenile Services
  8. Kern County Probate
  9. Kern County Revenue Recovery
  10. Kern County Small Claims
  11. Kern County Traffic Court – including Kern County red light tickets


Kern County Courts: Where to File

The website offers an easy way to locate where you should file. You must scroll to the bottom and enter the city in which you reside or the city in which an infraction took place. All adoptions, election petitions, and abandonment cases are filed at the Metropolitan courthouse. The website also advises that you always confirm the appropriate courthouse by calling the clerk of courts office of the courthouse you are about to file at.

Is the Kern County Superior Court Open Today?

The Kern County Superior Court operates Monday through Thursday from 8-4pm. Friday the courts are functional from 8-12 noon. The courts are closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays.

Kern County Court Phone Numbers

There are multiple numbers at each location based upon the division. If you are in doubt, contact the administration office to obtain the correct phone number.

Metro Division

  • Administration: 661-868-4934
  • Appeals: 661-868-5393
  • Civil & Small Claims: 661-868-7204
  • Criminal (Felony): 661-868-7206

Delano: All departments: 661-720-5800

Juvenile Justice Center: All departments: 661-868-4270

Kern River

  • Administration & Traffic Info: 760-549-2000
  • Traffic School: 661-824-7100

Lamont:: All departments: 661-868-5800

Mojave: All departments: 661-824-7100

Ridgecrest: All departments: 760-384-5900

Shafter

  • Administration and Traffic: 661-746-7500
  • Civil: 661-746-7524
  • Family Law: 661-746-7500

Taft: All departments: 661-868-5800


Kern County Court Locations

Where are Kern County Superior Courts?  What is the address of the Superior Court of Kern County?

Bakersfield
Metro Division 
1415 Truxtun Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone:  661-868-4934

Metro Justice Building 
1215 Truxtun Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Metro Traffic Division 
3131 Arrow St
Bakersfield, CA 93308

Jury Services 
1661 L St
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Juvenile Justice Center 
2100 College Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93305

Delano
Delano Superior Court 
1122 Jefferson St
Delano, CA 93215

Lake Isabella
Kern River Superior Court 
7046 Lake Isabella Blvd
Lake Isabella, CA 93240

Lamont
Lamont Superior Court 
12022 Main St
Lamont, CA 93241

Mojave
Mojave Superior Court 
1773 State Highway 58
Mojave, CA 93501

Ridgecrest
Ridgecrest Superior Court 
132 East Coso Ave
Ridgecrest, CA 93555

Shafter
Shafter Superior Court 
325 Central Valley Hwy
Shafter, CA 93263

Taft
Taft Superior Court 
311 Lincoln St
Taft, CA 93268

Kern County Court Forms

All forms that you will need are located online. You can also download information regarding California court codes, fee schedules, and Advisor hours of operations. If you are unsure of which form you need, ask your lawyer or seek an Advisor’s advice.

What is the Dress Code for the Kern County Superior Court?

It is advised to dress as if you are going to a business interview. You should avoid wearing tank tops, sandals, and shorts. Gum, food, drinks, and tobacco products are prohibited in the courtroom.

Confirm Dates and Times for My Court Appearance

You can search Non-Criminal cases by hearings, you will only need to provide a date range. If you are unable to locate your case, contact your lawyer or the administrative office to confirm the appearance.

Kern County Court Ordered Community Service

If a judge orders you to perform community service, you will most likely need to contact Volunteer Center of Kern County. You must bring your paperwork to the center for them to proceed with lining you up with your work.

Warrant Search for Kern County

Kern County does provide some information regarding warrants. However, you must contact your local courthouse in order to find out details regarding a warrant.

Find the Court Traffic Division and Pay Traffic Violations

The website does provide some information regarding the traffic court process and information on how to contact your local courthouse in regards to your case. Payments can be made at the courthouse that is handling your case or you can pay online. You must provide your citation number in order to access your case. You can pay by credit or debit card and since they use a 3rd party service, there will be an additional fee to pay online.

Kern County Court Revenue Recovery

Revenue Recovery is the division that handles all of your payments for fines and fees. You can make arrangements with them to make payments if you are unable to pay your fines in full. Failure to pay can result in a suspension of your drivers license, additional fees, and a possible warrant for your arrest.

Kern County Court Unlawful Detainer

Unlawful detainer is what many people know as an eviction or a landlord-tenant dispute. You can locate a wealth of information online regarding forms you will need, assistance for filling them out, legal aid, and mediation services.

Kern County Superior Court Case Lookup

Kern County Courts separate the case look ups by Non-Criminal and Criminal. You can search Non-Criminal cases by court records or hearings. Hearings requires a date range. To view court records, you will need the record number or the full name associated with the case. Criminal Cases can be researched by case number, date range, or by defendant name.

Kern County Superior Court Judges

The website does offer a Judicial Officers list. You must search by the courthouse along the left sidebar. Information provided is their name, department number, and a description of their title.

Kern County Superior Court Jury Duty

Jury Services provides information regarding the expectations the court has upon you, when and how to report, how to request an excuse, and provides information regarding status for jury groups. There is an extensive list on what you cannot wear and what you cannot bring, we advise reviewing the site carefully!

Kern County Superior Court Small Claims

Kern County makes small claims very simple. The site can help you; understand the financial limitations, speak with an advisor, arrange mediation, how to file, understand the schedule of fees, and provide the forms that you will need.

Kern County Superior Court Inmate Search

The courts do not provide any information regarding an inmate in Kern County. You can lookup that information with their inmate number or their full name. If they are not incarcerated in Kern County, you will need to research court records from the hearing to find out where they were sent to and reach out to that detention center.

Kern County Superior Court Probate

The Probate division handles; issuance of marriage licenses, handles the estate of a deceased individual, the will of an individual, the estate of a minor or incapacitated person, trusts, and involuntary commitments. You can search for a case, find out rulings and hearings, and initiate family mediations or investigations.