Civil

Remote Appearances

In an effort to promote safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, hearings will be conducted via remote technology via CourtCall or Zoom for Civil Metropolitan Limited and Unlimited proceedings per Standing Order: Remote Hearings for Civil Proceedings (Amended), unless exempted.

If you would like to request to appear remotely via Zoom for matters not already allowed, please submit your written request to WMCivil@Kern.Courts.CA.Gov no later than five court days prior to the hearing, which includes the case, and hearing information.

If you are appearing remotely via Zoom, please go to Remote Court Hearings and under the section Metro Division, select your the Department number. Please arrive to the remote hearing 30 minutes early.

For Civil Department 12, exhibits may be submitted by e-mail three (3) court days in advance of each hearing (including when continued). Exhibits must be marked (including the case number for hearing), may not exceed 15 pages and can be sent to: Department12exhibits@kern.courts.ca.gov.

Attending Civil Metro Hearings During Covid 19

The Civil Division has jurisdiction over claims involving money, possession of real property, change of name, injunctions, small claims and unlawful detainers.

Civil Case Types

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) How to settle Civil disputes outside of court. Court approved Arbitrator Panel
Limited Civil Lawsuits up to and including $25,000.00
Small Claims Claims up to and including $10,000.00
Unlawful Detainers Landlord-tenant disputes (evictions)
Unlimited Civil Lawsuits over $25,000.00; labor appeals; some types of harassments; receiverships; writs of mandate; petition for name change.

 

Locations and Services

Location Unit Phone Number Contact Us
Bakersfield Alternative Dispute Resolution (661) 868-1150 E-Mail
Bakersfield Civil - Limited (661) 868-7204 E-Mail
Bakersfield Civil - Unlimited (661) 868-7205 E-Mail
Bakersfield Small Claims (661) 868-7204 E-Mail
Bakersfield Small Claims Advisor (661) 868-2532 E-Mail
Bakersfield Unlawful Detainers (661) 868-7204 E-Mail
Bakersfield Self Help E-Mail
Taft Superior Court Civil - Limited/Small Claims/Unlawful Detainers (661) 868-5800 E-Mail
Delano Superior Court Civil - Limited/Small Claims/Unlawful Detainers (661) 720-5800 E-Mail
Kern River Superior Court Civil - Limited/Small Claims/Unlawful Detainers (760) 549-2000 E-Mail
Mojave Superior Court Civil - Limited/Small Claims/Unlawful Detainers (661) 824-7100 E-Mail
Lamont Superior Court Civil - Limited/Small Claims/Unlawful Detainers (661) 868-5800 E-Mail
Shafter Superior Court Civil - Limited/Small Claims/Unlawful Detainers (661) 746-7524 E-Mail
Ridgecrest Superior Court Civil - Limited/Small Claims/Unlawful Detainers (760) 384-5900 E-Mail