Superior Court of California, County of Solano

Superior Court of California, County of Solano

Fairfield Branch | Vallejo Branch

General Information

A Message from the Presiding Judge...

Thank you for visiting the Superior Court of Solano County website. Our ongoing mission is to provide an impartial and accessible forum for the fair and expeditious resolution of legal matters, ensuring fair and equal access to justice for all citizens.

Continuing with our mission to expand and improve services to the public, we are pleased to announce that our website has been upgraded to include enhanced functionality and additional information and resources that will help guide you through the court system. These new, enhanced and user-friendly features and functionality will help to make your "day in court" less intimidating. On our revised website, you will find easy access to case information, court locations, hours of operation, jury services, a new self-help resources section and much more. In addition to our direct services, we provide related links to other agencies that can assist you in all other aspects of the justice system.

The judicial officers and staff of the Court are honored to serve the citizens of Solano County. We will continue to do all we can to make your court experience positive and productive.

If you have suggestions for improvements to this website, we welcome your feedback. Please go to the Contact Us link and share your thoughts and ideas.

Thank you.

E. BRADLEY NELSON
Presiding Judge

About the Court

The Superior Court of California, County of Solano is the unified trial court of both general and limited jurisdiction in the county. Comprised of 23 judicial officers (20 judges and 3 commissioners) with a staff of 210, the court has jurisdiction over all cases arising within the county. This includes felony and misdemeanor criminal cases, traffic, civil and small claims, family law, probate, and juvenile cases. The court operates four court facilities within the county including: The Hall of Justice, at 600 Union Ave. in Fairfield, the Law and Justice Center at 530 Union Ave. Fairfield, the Old Solano Courthouse at 580 Texas Street in Fairfield and the Solano Justice Building at 321 Tuolumne St., Vallejo. The Presiding Judge for 2014 and 2015 is The Honorable E. Bradley Nelson. Under his supervision the Court Executive Officer, Brian K. Taylor, administers the non-judicial operations of the court.

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Human Resource Services

The court is an equal opportunity employer and posts job opportunities on a regular basis on it this Web site. Please go to Employment Opportunities for further information.

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Court Tours

Court Tours are suspended due to staffing shortages.

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Solano County Real DUI Court in Schools Program

The Superior Court of California, County of Solano, in collaboration with the District Attorney's Office, the Public Defender's Office, the Probation Department and the Sheriff's Office, is proud to offer the Real DUI Court in Schools Program to high schools in Solano County. Upon invitation from the school, the Court and its justice partners will conduct a real, live young adult DUI trial at the school. This is a real, actual DUI trial in which a courtroom is set up at the school, complete with judicial officer, bailiff, defendant, attorneys, witnesses and an "advisory jury" made up of students. After the trial, students may ask the trial participants questions regarding the case. For more details about the program, please view our 15-minute video, "Solano County Real DUI Court in Schools Program," and our Program Brochure.

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Media and Cameras in the Courtroom

Cameras in the Courtroom Rule Revised, Renumbered

On January 1, 2007, revisions in the California Rules of Court renumbered several commonly used rules, including the former Rule 980, relating to media coverage of courtroom proceedings. The former Rule 980 is now Rule 1.150 and is available by clicking its link.

Procedures for filing requests to photograph in courtrooms are unchanged. The renumbered forms (now called MC-500 and MC-510) are available by clicking on "MC-500 or MC-510" links respectively.

As in the past, all pages of forms MC-500 and MC-510 must be completed and faxed to the Public Information Office at (707) 426-1631 for consideration by judicial officers.

For further information contact the Solano Superior Court Public Information Office (707) 207-7475.

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Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan

The Court's LEP plan is a comprehensive language access plan that increases public trust and confidence in the court, improving the quality of justice and services to the public. Click the Limited English Proficiency link to read the entire plan.


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