California Legal Overview: Fresno-Madera
The Fresno-Madera metropolitan area in Northern California's Central Valley region is defined as covering both Fresno and Madera counties. Each county is served by its own superior court, which acts as the main trial court with general and original jurisdiction. Each court also has multiple and separate divisions in different locations to handle everything from California divorce cases to juvenile matters and all criminal and civil lawsuits. Listed below are the main cities and towns in the Fresno-Madera metro area.
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1. The Superior Court of Fresno has a main downtown courthouse in the city of Fresno with various divisions such as juvenile, probate, small claims and probate. Some of these divisions are located in different places in Fresno. Similarly, the Superior Court of Madera has a main courthouse and divisions spread around in the city of Madera. The Superior Court of Madera also has a Sierra Division in Bass Lake, CA. Appeals against decisions handed down by these courts may be filed with the Fifth District Court of Appeal.
2. The city of Fresno is in trouble with conservationists after a lawsuit was filed against them for allowing the demolition of two historic homes without asking the developer to get an environmental report first.
3. A 60-year old woman who was attacked in her own home by a police dog has filed suit against the City of Bakersfield and its police chief in the Federal District Court in Fresno. Victoria Youngblood had her ear almost bitten off when the police dog, accompanied by a police sergeant who had come to serve a search warrant, attacked her twice.
California Divorce Court
Superior Court of Fresno
Superior Court of Madera
Fifth District Court of Appeal
U.S. District Court – Eastern District of California - Fresno Division
Trending Fresno-Madera Legal Topics: The Fifth District Court of Appeal is the intermediate appellate court for Fresno, Madera and seven other counties. Appeals against decisions taken by the Fifth District Court of Appeals may be taken up by the California Supreme Court as the court of last resort. Federal cases for both Fresno and Madera counties have to be filed with the Fresno Division of the U.S. District Court Eastern District of California. The United States Courthouse and clerk's office that serves both Fresno and Madera counties is in the city of Fresno.