Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Court Records

As the military and social capital of Alta California during Spanish and Mexican rule, the town of Monterey naturally became the county seat when the 27 original counties were formed in 1850. But when it was learned that the railroad was to go through the valley and not along the coast, the government center was moved to Salinas. After the house used as a courthouse burned, a much larger brick Victorian building (pictured above) was commissioned. It remained in use while the current courthouse was being constructed around it, and then it was demolished. Today, a courtyard, lily pond, and commemorative sculpture occupy the site.


COURT RECORD HOLDINGS

Naturalization records:

1850-1920: County Archives

1930-Current:
Clerk of the Superior Court
240 Church St., Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 775-5400

Probate records:

1850-1920: County Archives

1930-Current: (depending on the residence of the decedent):
Salinas Area:
Clerk of the Superior Court
240 Church St., Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 775-5400

Monterey Area:
Clerk of the Superior Court
1200 Aguajito Road, Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 647-5800;

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COURT INFORMATION

SALINAS DIVISION
240 Church St., Salinas, CA 93901 (831) 775-5400
Court Departments located at the Salinas Courthouse complex include:

Appellate
Court Administration
Criminal
Grand Jury
Juvenile Dependency/Delinquency
Writs of Habeas Corpus
Jury Commissioner
Drug Treatment Court
Court Personnel Services



MONTEREY DIVISION
1200 Aguajito Rd. Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 647-5800
Court Departments located at the Monterey Courthouse include:

Appellate
Civil
Domestic Violence
Family Law
Family Support
Mental Health
Probate
Small Claims



KING CITY DIVISION
250 Franciscan Way, King City, CA 93930, (831) 386-5200
Court Departments located at the King City Courthouse include:

Criminal



MARINA DIVISION
3180 Del Monte Blvd., Marina, CA 93933, (831) 883-5300
Court Departments located at the Marina Courthouse include:

Traffic
Juvenile Traffic