Where will my civil case be filed & heard in San Bernardino?

Matters that either Civil Unlimited or Civil Limited will be filed and heard in the San Bernardino Civil Division for the following cities:

  • Apple Valley
  • Barstow
  • Big Bear City(including area North of Snow Valley on HWY 330)
  • Big Bear Lake
  • Bloomington
  • Colton
  • Fontana
  • Grand Terrace
  • Hesperia
  • Joshua Tree
  • Lake Arrowhead
  • Loma Linda
  • Mt. High
  • Redlands
  • Rialto
  • San Bernardino
  • Twentynine Palms
  • Victorville
  • Yucaipa
  • Yucca Valley
  • Wrightwood
  • Click here for full list

Exceptions to where your case may be filed and heard include any of the following types of matters: 

  • Harassment Restraining Orders
  • Workplace Violence
  • Elder Abuse
  • Postsecondary School Protective Orders
  • Name Changes or Petitions for the Return of Firearms as indicated in the Barstow, Big Bear, Joshua Tree, Needles or Victorville Districts

Each Superior Court is in a judicial district with definite geographical boundaries, which are the VENUE of the court. A general matter is within the venue of a particular court if any of the following conditions are met:

  • The defendant lived in the judicial district at the commencement of the action (CCP 395)
  • The contract was entered into or to be performed in the judicial district (CCP 395)
  • The accident or injury (tort) occurred in the judicial district (CCP 395)
  • The real property in dispute is located in the judicial district (CCP 392)

Occasionally, a civil case arising outside the venue of the court is filed, but it is the defendant’s responsibility to object to improper venue. Some civil cases are heard in a central location or region in the county, such as CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) matters and some law and motion hearings. See the Court website for more information and notices about where some specialized cases types or matters are heard.