The Juvenile Court is a division of the Riverside Superior Court handling both dependency and delinquency matters.
Proceedings involve the protection of children who have been or are at risk of being abused, neglected, or abandoned.
Proceedings involve children under the age of 18 alleged to have committed a delinquent act, which would be a crime if committed by an adult.
The Juvenile Dependency Court is responsible for processing all matters involving minors under the age of 18, which have been a victim of neglect or abuse by their guardians or parents. The main goal of the Dependency Court is to provide safety for these children and to ensure that the children receive a permanent home, either through re-unification with their parents, long term foster care or through adoption.
The Juvenile Delinquency Court handles proceedings that involve most persons under the age of 18 who have been alleged to have committed a violation of a law or statute. The purpose of the delinquency court is to protect the community from children who commit acts of delinquency.
The hearing will be set the day following the filing your ex parte paperwork. All ex parte applications are to comply with CRC rule 3.1200 et. seq. (and in particular, rules 3.1203 and 3.1204). An optional form (Declaration Regarding Notice of Ex Parte Application) may be found on the court’s website under the link for Fees & Forms. The court may review the ex parte request in chambers prior the hearing. If the court determines that the moving party has not established good cause for ex parte relief and denies the ex parte request, the courtroom assistant will notify the moving party that their request was denied and the hearing will not proceed. The moving party is required to notify the opposing party of the denial and that the hearing has been taken off calendar. Each department may have specific days and times for hearing ex-partes. For more information please see the trial rules for each department.
Requests for ex parte relief can be filed at the ex parte counter in the clerk’s office (located at the Attorney Services Counter) or online through the court’s website. All ex parte hearings will be set in the department assigned for all purposes.
Moreno Valley Unlawful Detainers
All Ex Parte Applications for unlawful detainer cases for the Moreno Valley jurisdiction shall be filed at the counter and received by the court no later than 11:00 am the day of the hearing in order to be heard the same day.
Requests for ex parte relief should be filed in the civil clerk’s office or online through the court’s website. Ex parte hearings will be set in the department assigned for all purposes.
Departments 5 and 10 have been designated as Riverside Superior Court’s only complex litigation departments.
All complex cases filed in Riverside Superior Court will be assigned to Department 5 or Department 10 for all purposes, including trial.
This applies to complex cases filed in all of the court’s three geographical divisions: Western (Riverside), Mid-County (Murrieta), and Eastern (Palm Springs).
An EJT is a short jury trial, generally lasting one day. It is quicker and less expensive than a traditional jury trial. Parties must request an EJT and stipulate (agree) to certain rules; the court cannot order parties to participate in EJTs.
To request an Expedited Jury Trial, the parties must complete and file a:
[Proposed] Consent Order for Expedited Jury Trial (EJT-020) (external site pdf ).
Note that these are optional forms.
Judicial officers or parties may raise EJTs as a possibility at Case Management Conferences, Trial Setting Conferences and Mandatory Settlement Conferences.
Yes. If your case is going through mediation and does not appear to be resolving, you may ask your mediator for assistance in negotiating the terms of the Consent Order.
You may retain a mediator to help negotiate the terms of the Consent Order.
The Court's Civil Mediation Panel
For more information, please see the EJT Information Sheet (EJT-010-INFO) (external site pdf )