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Phone: (415) 444-7070
Email: criminal@marincourt.org
Location: Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room C-10
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm


Defendants Sentenced by the Court

If defendants either plead guilty to the charges in their cases or are found guilty by the Court or a jury, the judicial officer will sentence them for their crimes. The Court may remand them to jail or state prison. The judicial officers may place the defendants on supervised or conditional probation, order them to pay fines and fees or perform community service work, make restitution to victims, attend programs and other activities that address their underlying offenses.

Payment Options

The Court provides an Express Service Drop Box in the Room C-10 lobby for those individuals who do not want to wait in line to make a payment. For more information, please see below.
  • Cash payments may only be made in person in Room C-10 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

  • Checks, cashier's checks or money orders (payable to Marin County Superior Court) may be sent by mail or paid in person in Room C-10. Please note: When making a payment by mail, individuals must write the case number or defendant's name on the check, cashier's check or money order to ensure it is applied to the correct criminal case.

  • Credit card payments may be sent by mail (using the stub provided on the Courtesy Notice), made in person in Room C-10, or made by phone at (415) 444-7070 between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday.


The Court will refer delinquent cases to a collection agency, Enhanced Court Collections (ECC) and may add a $300 civil assessment to these cases. ECC will contact individuals to enforce the Court's orders. ECC has many tools available to collect delinquent fines including setting up payment plans with significant consequences to individuals if they do not comply with these arrangements such as negative credit reporting, wage garnishment and seizure of assets, including money in bank accounts.

For more information about ECC, please click here.

Express Service Dropbox

To avoid waiting in line, you may drop off many kinds of documents and payments in our secure Express Service Drop Box, located in the lobby of Room C-10. This locked box is emptied several times a day by Court staff, so you may be sure that your transaction is processed on the day you drop it off.

You may use our Express Service for the following kinds of transactions. PLEASE PRINT your name and case number on the envelope provided.

  • Payment of your criminal fine.
  • Proof of community service hours completion.

Community Service Work

Community service work is volunteer work performed at non-profit agencies in Marin County. For individuals who live outside of Marin but who have criminal cases heard in Marin County, the Court can provide a listing of community service agencies in many of the other California counties.

Defendants who cannot afford to pay fines may complete a financial screening application for qualification to have fines converted to community service work at a rate of $24 per hour. The court shall determine eligibility for community service work following review of a defendant’s application. If eligible, defendant shall sign an agreement to complete community service work hours by a due date and submit proof to the court by that date.

The Court will provide the defendant with a list of agencies eligible to oversee community service work and a timesheet to record the hours worked. It is the responsibility of the defendant to schedule the community service work and present the timesheet to the agency to obtain an authorized signature.

The Court's collection agency, Enhanced Court Collections (ECC), will contact individuals to enforce the Court's orders. ECC has many tools available to collect delinquent fines including setting up payment plans with significant consequences to individuals if they do not comply with these arrangements such as negative credit reporting, wage garnishment and seizure of assets including money in bank accounts.

For more information about ECC, please click here.

Certified Copies of Criminal Case Dispositions

The Court charges a fee to certify copies of disposition documents in criminal cases. Please see the Court's Filing Fee Schedule to find out these costs by clicking here. Requests may be made in writing. When making a request, please include the name of the defendant, the case number, and the type of documents requested. If requesting by mail, enclose a check, cashier's check or money order made payable to Marin County Superior Court and on the payment line write "not to exceed $60.00" or the amount given to you by the clerk for your transaction. If a governmental agency requires a court disposition, please send a copy of that notice with the written request or bring it to the Court. If the request is made in person, by phone or by email, contact the Records Management Unit by clicking here. Please allow up to four weeks for this research to be completed.

Overview

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 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 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


Interpreter Services

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.

 
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