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Introduction
Probate Court has original jurisdiction over actions concerning the issuance of marriage licenses, the estate of a deceased person, the will of an individual, the estate of a minor or incapacitated person, trusts, and involuntary commitments. Most probate matters are handled without a jury trial, but Probate Court does have the authority to conduct a jury trial.
Probate Court is a court of general jurisdiction that includes, but is not limited to the following proceedings:
  • Decedents estates
  • Trust proceedings
  • Guardianship proceedings
  • Conservatorship proceedings
  • Minors compromises
The probate examiners are paralegals employed by the court to review all papers filed with the probate court. They check filings for compliance with the probate code, local court rules, and the policies of the court. As a result of this review, the examiners may identify procedural deficiencies or other concerns that need to be further addressed before the court hears the matter. This reduces the judicial time required to hear probate cases.
For further information visit California Courts/Judicial Council - Probate Court (Opens new window)
Handbook for Conservators and Acknowledgment of Receipt (Opens new window)
Public Guardian and / or Public Conservator Fee Schedule (Opens new window)
Case Research
To request a case to be researched, you may either:
  1. Visit the Probate Office
  2. Request the information via mail. Mailing address:

  3.    Probate Court
       1215 Truxtun Avenue
       Bakersfield, CA 93301
       E-Mail Probate
Search request fee - see Fee Schedule.
Search requests are not taken over the telephone and information regarding a specific case cannot be given over the telephone.
Tentative Rulings for Probate
To determine whether or not your case is recommended for approval on the next day's calendar, visit the Tentative Rulings page after noon on the business day prior to the hearing to find out the Tentative Rulings for that case. Court Holidays
If your case is not recommended for approval and you do not appear in person or by "Court Call" at the time set for the hearing, your petition may be dismissed or taken off calendar as the court may choose.
Fee Waiver
If you cannot afford to pay court fees, you may apply for a fee waiver. You will be asked to provide information regarding your financial status which will be reviewed by a judge.
Fee Waiver form packets are available at no cost in the Probate Department.
Investigations
The Family Court Services conducts background investigations for conservatorships and certain guardianship matters.
Superior Court of California, County of Kern court employees are prohibited from giving legal advice per section 24004 and 68082 of the Government Code. In addition, court employees may not give advice as to which legal forms to use or how to complete the forms.
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