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Contra Costa County Courthouses

Contra Costa County has courts in six different locations. Here is a rundown of the locations of each courthouse in Contra Costa County.

Wakefield Taylor Courthouse

The Wakefield Taylor Courthouse was named after Wakefield Taylor, who served on the California Superior Court from 1951 to 1963 and on the California Court of Appeals from 1963 to 1982. Taylor lived in Martinez and died in 2005.

Wakefield Taylor Courthouse

The Wakefield Taylor Courthouse was named after Wakefield Taylor, who served on the California Superior Court from 1951 to 1963 and on the California Court of Appeals from 1963 to 1982. Taylor lived in Martinez and died in 2005.

Address:
725 Court Street
Martinez, CA 94553

Hours:

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Parking:

There is metered parking around and near the courthouse.

Cases Heard:

Civil, criminal, and probate cases are adjudicated at the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse.

Judges:

The following judges are assigned to the Juvenile Justice Center.

Dept. Judge Calendar Type Phone
1 Barry Baskin Presiding Judge 925-608-1101
11 Brian Haynes Family Division 925-608-1111
12 Charles “Steve” Treat Civil Division 925-608-1112
14 John Sugiyama Probate Division (Supervising) 925-608-1114
15 Susanne Fenstermacher Civil Division 925-608-1115
19 Cheryl Mills Family Division 925-608-1119
21 Jill Fannin Civil Judge 925-608-1121
33 Steve Austin Civil Division 925-608-1133
39 Edward Weil Civil/Probate (Supervising) 925-608-1139

A.F. Bray Courthouse

The A.F. Bray Courthouse was named after a former Superior Court Judge and California Court of Appeal Justice. It has nine courtrooms.

Address:
1020 Ward Street
Martinez, CA 94553

Hours:

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Parking:

There is metered parking around and near the courthouse.

Cases Heard:

Criminal cases are adjudicated at the A.F. Bray Courthouse.

Judges:

The following judges are assigned to the A.F. Bray Courthouse.

Dept. Judge Calendar Type Phone
2 Anita Santos Criminal Division 925-608-1102
5 Rebecca Hardie Criminal Division 925-608-1105
6 David Goldstein Criminal (Specialty Courts) 925-608-1106
8 John Kennedy Criminal (Traffic Supervising) 925-608-1108
20 Nancy Davis Stark Criminal Division 925-608-1120
23 Charles “Ben” Burch Criminal Division 925-608-1123
31 Laurel Brady Criminal Division 925-608-1131
35 Theresa Canepa Criminal (Supervising/Master Calendar) 925-608-1135
40 Christopher Bowen Criminal Division Calendar 925-608-1140

A.F. Bray Annex

The A.F. Bray Annex is part of the A.F. Bray Courthouse, which was named after a former Superior Court Judge and California Court of Appeal Justice.

Address:
1020 Ward Street
Martinez, CA 94553

Hours:

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Parking:

There is metered parking around and near the courthouse.

Cases Heard:

Criminal cases are adjudicated at the A.F. Bray Annex.

Judges:

The following judges are assigned to the A.F. Bray Annex.

Dept. Judge Calendar Type Phone
3 Patricia Scanlon Criminal (Calendar) 925-608-1103
13 Lewis Davis Criminal (Mental Health/Calendars) 925-608-1113
37 Wade Rhyne Criminal (Misdemeanor) 925-608-1137

Spinetta Family Law Center

The Spinetta Family Law Center is named after Peter L. Spinetta, a Saint Mary’s College graduate who served as a Contra Costa Superior Court Judge prior to his retirement in 2007. The Center houses five of the county’s seven family law courtrooms.

Address:
751 Pine Street
Martinez, CA 94553

Hours:

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Parking:

There is metered parking around and near the courthouse.

Court Divisions:

The Spinetta Family Law Center houses the Court’s Family Law Division.

Judges:

The following judges are assigned to the Spinetta Family Law Center.

Dept. Judge Calendar Type Phone
18 Danielle Douglas Family Division (Supervising) 510-942-2118
25 John Laettner Family Division 925-608-1125
27 Terri Mockler Family Division 925-608-1127
32 Joni Hiramoto Family Division 925-608-1132
52 Kathleen Murphy Family (DCSS Commissioner) 925-608-1152

Arnason Justice Center

The Arnason Justice Center is named after Richard E. Arnason, who was appointed to the California Superior Court in 1963 and who retired in 2012. Arnason was known for presiding over complex trials, including the Scott Peterson trial. The Center houses seven courtrooms.

Address:
1000 Center Drive
Pittsburg, CA 94565

Hours:

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Parking:

There is free parking at a small lot next to the courthouse and at a larger lot on Civic Avenue.

Cases Heard:

Civil, small claims, criminal, and traffic cases are adjudicated at the Arnason Justice Center.

Judges:

The following judges are assigned to the Arnason Justice Center.

Dept. Judge Calendar Type Phone
4 Mary Ann O’Malley Criminal Division (Supervising) 925-608-1104
9 John Devine Criminal Division 925-608-1109
17 Wendy Coats Criminal Division 925-608-1117
26 Judy Johnson Criminal Division 925-608-1126
34 Leonard Marquez Criminal Division 925-608-1134
57 Comm. Lowell Richards Traffic Commissioner 925-608-1157

George D. Carroll Courthouse

The George D. Carroll Courthouse was named after George Carroll, who was the first African American lawyer in Richmond, the first African American elected to the Richmond City Council, the first African American mayor of Richmond, and the first African American judge in Contra Costa County. He retired in 1985 and died in 2016 at the age of 94.

Address:
100 37th Street
Richmond, CA 94805

Hours:

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Parking:

There is free parking behind the courthouse.

Cases Heard:

Civil, small claims, criminal and traffic cases are adjudicated at the George D. Carroll Courthouse.

Judges:

The following judges are assigned to the George D. Carroll Courthouse.

Dept. Judge Calendar Type Phone
16 Benjamin Reyes II Criminal Division 925-608-1116
29 Linda Lye Criminal Division 510-942-2129
30 Virginia George Criminal Division 510-942-2130
36 Clare Maier Criminal Division (Supervising) 510-942-2136

Walnut Creek Superior Court

The Walnut Creek Superior Court serves surrounding communities, including Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Danville, Lafayette, and San Ramon. The Court houses four courtrooms.

Address:
640 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Hours:

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Parking:

There is metered parking around and near the courthouse.

Court Division:

The Walnut Creek Superior Court houses the Court’s Juvenile Division.

Judges:

The following judges are assigned to the Walnut Creek Superior Court.

Dept. Judge Calendar Type Phone
10 Lois Haight Juvenile Division 925-608-1110
24 Leslie Landau Juvenile Division 925-608-1124
38 Barbara Hinton Juvenile Division (Supervising) 925-608-1138
54 Vacant Commissioner 925-608-1154

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