Going to Court
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Coming to Court
Preparing for Court Video
- Carefully review the paperwork you received. Call our office at 1-866-901-3212, if you have questions.
- Fill out all forms prior to court and bring all documents requested. Refer to the Ventura Superior Court’s local rules 9.16 – 9.18 regarding documents that must be filed and brought to court. The Local Court Rules may be accessed here:Local Court Rules
- You may bring additional documents you want to show the commissioner.
- There is airport-type security at the courthouse. Do not bring pocket knives, mace, or any other items that could be considered dangerous to others as they will be confiscated.
- Dress appropriately. The Department of Child Support Services recommends business attire.
- There will be a Spanish language interpreter in court to help you if you would like assistance.
- Children are not allowed in the courtroom. It is best not to bring children, unless they are needed for mediation.
- There is a children’s waiting room for children that are at least 2 ½ years old and are toilet trained. There is limited capacity, so if you plan to use their services, arrive early. You can contact the waiting room at: 805-654-2963. Children who are sick are not allowed.
What to Expect in Court
What Happens in Court Video
- The Court will start the day with the Calendar Call. This is a “roll call” to find out who is present. Simple cases will also be resolved at this time.
- If you are late and miss roll call your hearing may proceed without you or delayed until the end of the day. In some cases, the hearing will be cancelled.
- After roll call, the attorneys from our Department will talk to each party privately to discuss the case.
- If the parties reach an agreement, our office will prepare a Stipulation.
- Once all parties sign the Stipulation, you will be dismissed and no hearing will be needed.
- If the parties cannot reach an agreement, they will have a hearing.
- Court can sometimes last all day. Be prepared to be in court until the end of the day.
During Your Hearing
- Each party will have a chance to speak to the commissioner. The commissioner will speak to you and you will speak directly to him or her.
- Always direct your conversation toward the court and not the other party.
- Act professionally and be polite. Do not interrupt anyone while they are speaking.
- If you don’t understand something ask the commissioner to clarify it.
After the Hearing
What Happens After Court (video)
- After the hearing, you will be dismissed.
- There will be a Child Support Professional in court who can answer your non-legal questions.
- The Child Support Professional will explain how to make a payment, enforcement, and provide general information about our services.
- They can accept payments by check or cash and provide you with a receipt.
- If our office requested the hearing, we will prepare the order and you will receive a copy by mail in about two weeks.
Calculating Your Child Support
Calculating Your Child Support (video)
What If I Don’t Go to Court on My Case?
- No one else can represent you except your own attorney.
- If you do not attend the hearing, you will not be represented in court. DCSS attorneys represent the state and not either party.
- The hearing may proceed without you. By appearing in court you can help ensure that the order taken will be based on your financial situation.
- In certain circumstances, you may request a telephonic hearing, for a fee, through Court Call. You can contact them at: 888-882-6878 or www.courtcall.com.
Getting to Court
- From the 101 or 126 freeways, exit Victoria Ave.
- Arrive early to allow for the time it takes to get through security.
- For the easiest access to the court, park in Lot A, B, or C. Refer to the map below for the location of the Hall of Justice and for parking.
- Do not park in restricted or time limited lots. You will receive a ticket!
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