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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.JudgeCalendar TypePhone
1Barry BaskinPresiding Judge925-608-1101
11Brian HaynesFamily Division925-608-1111
12Charles “Steve” TreatCivil Division925-608-1112
14John SugiyamaProbate Division (Supervising)925-608-1114
15Susanne FenstermacherCivil Division925-608-1115
19Cheryl MillsFamily Division925-608-1119
21Jill FanninCivil Judge925-608-1121
33Steve AustinCivil Division925-608-1133
39Edward WeilCivil/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.JudgeCalendar TypePhone
2Anita SantosCriminal Division925-608-1102
5Rebecca HardieCriminal Division925-608-1105
6David GoldsteinCriminal (Specialty Courts)925-608-1106
8John KennedyCriminal (Traffic Supervising)925-608-1108
20Nancy Davis StarkCriminal Division925-608-1120
23Charles “Ben” BurchCriminal Division925-608-1123
31Laurel BradyCriminal Division925-608-1131
35Theresa CanepaCriminal (Supervising/Master Calendar)925-608-1135
40Christopher BowenCriminal Division Calendar925-608-1140

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.JudgeCalendar TypePhone
3Patricia ScanlonCriminal (Calendar)925-608-1103
13Lewis DavisCriminal (Mental Health/Calendars)925-608-1113
37Wade RhyneCriminal (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.JudgeCalendar TypePhone
18Danielle DouglasFamily Division (Supervising)510-942-2118
25John LaettnerFamily Division925-608-1125
27Terri MocklerFamily Division925-608-1127
32Joni HiramotoFamily Division925-608-1132
52Kathleen MurphyFamily (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.JudgeCalendar TypePhone
4Mary Ann O’MalleyCriminal Division (Supervising)925-608-1104
9John DevineCriminal Division925-608-1109
17Wendy CoatsCriminal Division925-608-1117
26Judy JohnsonCriminal Division925-608-1126
34Leonard MarquezCriminal Division925-608-1134
57Comm. Lowell RichardsTraffic Commissioner925-608-1157

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.JudgeCalendar TypePhone
16Benjamin Reyes IICriminal Division925-608-1116
29Linda LyeCriminal Division510-942-2129
30Virginia GeorgeCriminal Division510-942-2130
36Clare MaierCriminal 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.JudgeCalendar TypePhone
10Lois HaightJuvenile Division925-608-1110
24Leslie LandauJuvenile Division925-608-1124
38Barbara HintonJuvenile Division (Supervising)925-608-1138
54VacantCommissioner925-608-1154

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