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Santa Rosa Municipal Court records, 1955-1961
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Court History
  • Scope and Contents
  • Access Terms
  • Important Information for Users of the Collection
  • Arrangement of Materials:
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Santa Rosa Municipal Court records,
    Dates: 1955-1961
    Identification: SCG.00028
    Creator: Santa Rosa (Calif.). Municipal Court
    Physical Description: 3 volumes
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Sonoma County Library Archives
    Sonoma County Library
    6135 State Farm Drive
    Rohnert Park, CA 94928
    Abstract: This collection contains

    Court History

    Biography/Organization History

    Prior to June 1998, California's trial courts consisted of Superior and Municipal courts, each with its own jurisdiction and with its number of judges fixed by the Legislature; prior to 1951, the Santa Rosa Justice Court was one of twelve such inferior courts in the County. The Justice Court (also known as the Santa Rosa Justice's Court; more formally designated as the State of California's Justice Court for Santa Rosa), had jurisdiction over the City of Santa Rosa and surrounding area of central Sonoma County, California. The Santa Rosa Justice Court was reorganized in 1952 as part of the State of California's inferior court reorganization program authorized by the voters as California Proposition 3 in 1950, which combined the offices of the township justices of the peace and city police court judges; the Santa Rosa Justice Court and other, local municipal courts were combined as the Santa Rosa Judicial District Court, or more formally, the State of California's Municipal Court for the Santa Rosa Judicial District on Jan. 1, 1952.
    A number of other reorganizations and consolidations of the County's District Courts took place over the next four decades until the District Courts and other inferior courts were absorbed into the Superior Court following another voter-authorized reorganization in 1998, California Proposition 220.

    Scope and Contents

    Official documents.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Topical Term:

    Civil procedure -- California -- Santa Rosa
    Criminal justice, Administration of -- California -- Santa Rosa

    Important Information for Users of the Collection

    Conditions Governing Access:

    Materials stored offsite, but collection is open to research. In many cases, further details on individual volumes can be found by calling staff at the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library. To view these materials, please call staff at 707 308-3212 to request they be brought from the Archives to the Library

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the Sonoma County Library. The Sonoma County Library has made this collection available and believes that the collection is in the Public Domain under the laws of the United States, but a determination was not made as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. The Collection may not be in the Public Domain under the laws of other countries. Preferred credit line is: Courtesy, the Sonoma County Library. Please see additional reproduction and reuse information at https://sonomalibrary.org/locations/sonoma-county-history-and-genealogy-library/order-photo

    Preferred Citation:

    Santa Rosa Municipal Court records, 1955-1961. SCG.00028, Sonoma County Archives, Sonoma County Library, Rohnert Park, California.

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series. Arranged in two series: I. Minute book--Criminal, 1955-1961; and II. Minute book--Civil, 1955-1967

    Scope and Contents

    Official records.