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Petaluma Police Court records, 1912-1952
SCG.00020  
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Description
This collection contains records pertaining to the operations of the Petaluma Police Court, including lists of jurors
Background
The Petaluma Police Court was a municipal-level court that handled minor offenses, as well as initial handling of serious offenses that were subsequently referred to the Superior Court. The Petaluma Police 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 Petaluma Police Court and other, local municipal courts were combined as the Petaluma Judicial District Court or more formally, the State of California's Municipal Court for the Petaluma Judicial District) on Jan. 1, 1952.
Extent
17 volumes
Restrictions
Collection does not circulate and may be photocopied or photographed by arrangement only.
Availability
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 to request they be brought from the Archives to the Library