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SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF INYO
     
 

INYO COUNTY

Inyo County was created by an act of legislature approved in 1866. Two years earlier this had been set apart from Mono and Tulare counties and designated "Coso County." This county, however, was never organized, and on March 22, 1866 an act was approved by Governor Low creating Inyo County from the same territory. Two changes have been made in its boundaries, the first in 1870 when an act was passed changing the northern boundary from Big Pine Creek to the present line; the other in 1872 when the southern boundary was placed up on the sixth standard south of Mount Diablo base line. The county seat has always been at Independence.

The Inyo County Courthouse in Independence is the fourth courthouse since the formation of the county on March 22, 1866. The new county operated from rented office space until June 1868, when a contract was awarded to J.J. Mankin to build a courthouse for the sum of $9,832. Completed in 1869, the two story brick building was destroyed by an earthquake March 26, 1872. The second courthouse, a wood frame two story structure, was completed in 1873 by E. Chaquette at an approximate cost of $15,900. On June 30, 1886 a fire broke out in a vacant building in Independence and destroyed thirty-eight buildings. Although the county records and most of the furniture were saved due to the presence of mind of two women, the courthouse was one of the buildings destroyed. Once again the Board of Supervisors was required to call for bids on a new courthouse. A contract was awarded to M.E. Gilmore to build a third courthouse for $10,000. The new building was smaller than the previous building and was completed in 1887. The third courthouse was also a wood frame two story building and was located immediately southwest of the present courthouse. The county offices occupied this building for thirty-four years before it was determined to be too small and was torn down in 1923 after completion of the present courthouse.

Old Inyo County CourthouseWilliam H. Weeks was selected as the architect for the fourth courthouse. Mr. Weeks was one of the leading architects on the Pacific Coast. By 1915 he had designed more than 1,000 buildings in California including most of the Carnegie Libraries in Northern California, and many of the schools built in the state. Other buildings in Inyo County designed by Weeks include Bishop Union High School, Big Pine School, and the Owens Valley School in Independence (this building has been replaced). A cornerstone located on the northeast corner of the present courthouse bears W.H. Weeks' name as well as the names of the County Supervisors in 1922. The casings, door, trim and paneling of the Superior Court Room are oak.

Inyo County CourthouseIn all, the courthouse is a typical example of design and architecture in the 1920s. The Annex was added to the south of the courthouse in 1965 when more space was required for county offices. The region's only example of monumental Neoclassical Revival public architecture, the present courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998 in recognition of its "integrity of feeling and association."

 

 

MAILING ADDRESSES
Department 1
Post Office Drawer U
Independence, CA 93526


Department 2
Post Office Drawer U
Independence, CA 93526

Department 3
Post Office Box 518
Independence, CA 93526


Department 4
301 West Line Street
Bishop, CA 93514

CONTACT THE COURT
To contact the Superior Court by telephone call (760) 872-3038

OUR MISSION
Our mission is to protect the legal and constitutional rights of all; to provide an accessible forum to preside over and resolve disputes under the law; and to administer justice in a fair and impartial manner.

CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS
Credit card or E-check payments for criminal court fines and fees may be made through Official Payments.

Instructions on how to make a credit card payment.

Official Payments Corporation charges a convenience fee to use this service to make the payment.  This charge is payable to Official Payments and is separate from the primary obligation you will pay the Court.

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If your case has been referred for collections to the Franchise Tax Board or to Alliance One, you must make your payment directly to those collection agencies and not through this credit card process.  If your case has been referred to either of these collection agencies, and you pay the Court by credit card, your payment may be returned to you.  The credit card fee charged is non-refundable. 

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ADA
If you are coming to the Court and require accommodations due to a disability, please contact:

ADA Coordinator/Access
Lindsay Eropkin, Court Operations
voice: (760) 872-4518
fax: (760) 872-4984
lindsay.eropkin@inyocourt.ca.gov

The Court requires notification in advance of your appearance, or visit to the Court, to be sure the services you might request, such as sign language interpretation, assisted listening devices, courtroom accessibility or other assistance are available.  Please contact the ADA Coordinator as soon as possible to begin the process of insuring your access to the Court.

If you would like to  access the optional Judicial Council form please click on MC-410, Request for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities and Order.

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COURT FEES
JUNE 2012 FEE SCHEDULE

BAIL AND PENALTY SCHEDULES
2014 UNIFORM BAIL AND PENALTY SCHEDULES
STANDING ORDER - INYO COUNTY BAIL SCHEDULE

No conformed copies of documents filed with the clerk's office will be returned by mail unless a self addressed, stamped envelope is provided at the time of filing.  Inyo County Superior Court does not accept payment by credit card at this time.The staff is prohibited by law from rendering legal assistance or advice in court proceedings (GC 24004, 68082). Persons appearing on their own behalf (in propria persona) are responsible for preparing and presenting their pleadings in complete and proper form without legal assistance from deputies of the Clerks Office. Questions pertaining to legal matters or the proper completion of the appropriate forms should be answered by an attorney.  Attorneys of record are required to include California State Bar numbers on all pleadings (CRC 201).

The first page of each paper shall specify immediately below the number of the case the date, time, and location, if ascertainable, of any scheduled hearing and the name of the hearing judge, if ascertainable (CRC 311).

If a check is returned unpaid to this office, a notice will be sent to the filing party stating that they have twenty (20) days in which to pay the unpaid check by cash or certified check plus the twenty-five dollars ($25.00).

Make checks payable to: The Superior Court of California, County of Inyo.

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