Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room C-10
8:00am - 4:00pm
Cases Filed in the Criminal Clerk's Office
The Criminal Clerk's Office files, processes, and maintains misdemeanor and felony records for cases filed by
the Marin County District Attorney's Office and other prosecuting agencies.
Most of the contact that defendants have with the Court outside of the courtroom is handled in the Criminal
Clerk's Office. Once cases have been sentenced by the Court and defendants have been placed on probation, they
are often ordered to pay fines, perform community service work, and attend activities such as batterers' or
drunk driving programs. Payments of criminal fines and proof of completion of programs are submitted in the
Criminal Clerk's Office. Defendants may set up payment plans or apply to convert fines to community service
work in the Criminal Clerk’s Office, Room C-10 at Window A. Window A is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30
p.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.
Legal Representation in Criminal Proceedings
California law mandates that all defendants in criminal hearings are entitled to legal representation.
Many defendants retain the services of attorneys and pay those attorneys privately. For defendants who cannot
afford private attorneys, the Court will appoint attorneys through the Office of the Public Defender or an indigent
defense panel of attorneys called Alternate Defender's Inc. The Court will appoint counsel at the first hearing
for any defendant who needs representation. Once attorneys are appointed, defendants will be required to complete
financial screening forms to determine whether they are financially eligible for indigent defense services.
Criminal Research Requests
Cases filed with the Criminal Clerk's Office may be available for review by the public in the Court's Records
Management Office in Room 113 of the Civic Center. Please
click here for information on how to request a case record or register of actions for viewing and copying.
There is a $15 fee for each case when research must be performed by court staff. Please include a check made
payable to Marin County Superior Court and send it to: Criminal Research, P.O. Box 4988, San Rafael, CA 94913.
If requesting copies or other records-related services in addition to research, such as certification or
exemplification of documents in case files, please review the amounts of these additional fees on the Court's
Fee Schedule by clicking here. Then
submit a check to the Court stating a "Not To Exceed" amount in the memo section of the check that allows for
the cost of the research and any other records-related fees. Court staff will fill in the actual amount of the
check once it is determined.
Copies and Certifications of Criminal Records Requested by Government Agencies
The Court charges all government agencies for copies and certifications of criminal records, pursuant to Government
Code section 70633(b). The charge to certify a record is $25.00 (GC 70626(a)(4)) and the charge for copies is $.50
per page (GC 70627(a)). In addition, the Court will require requesting agencies to include a self-addressed stamped
envelope with proper postage for the return of the complete copy work. Since most requesting agencies will not know
ahead of time how many pages will be copied, they may obtain a quote upon request to Records Management. The copies
and certifications will be processed and mailed and the agency will be billed for the service, unless other
arrangements have been made.
Please make requests for criminal records by emailing email@example.com or calling (415) 444-7080 or sending a written request to the Court.
Understanding the Criminal Court Process
Cases processed in the criminal court proceed through several stages. Some of the terminology and reasons for various
hearings may be confusing to defendants. To better understand the stages of a typical misdemeanor case, please
Legal Assistance with Cases Filed in the Criminal Clerk's Office
There are resources available to help individuals in understanding criminal court processes or preparing to go to
court. Some of these resources include:
- California Courts Online Self Help Center. This resource is available to all Californians who are representing
themselves in court or need legal information. To access this website, please click here.
Links to Specific Topics:
The Criminal Clerk's Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except holidays. The office
is located on the Court Floor of the Marin County Civic Center Hall of Justice in Room C-10. For directions to the
Civic Center, please click here.
The Marin County Civic Center has three drive-though arches. From the middle arch lobby only, take the elevator to
the "C" floor. After passing through security screening, go left to the end of the hall to Room C-10. For individuals
wishing to speak with a clerk in this office, please call (415) 444-7070 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Calls are
answered in the order received. Since these phone lines are very busy, the best times to call are early afternoons.
The mailing address is:
Marin County Superior Court
Criminal Clerk's Office
P.O. Box 4988
San Rafael, CA 94913-4988
The Criminal Clerk's Office has several Spanish speaking clerks to assist the public. Some forms related to
criminal proceedings are also available for review in Spanish.
In criminal hearings, interpreters are available in all languages in the courtroom to assist non-English
speakers and to ensure that defendants understand the criminal charges they are facing and consequences at
every stage of the court proceedings.