The Clerk’s Office will provide limited services between January 11, 2022, through January 31, 2022. Online appointments for in-person service, filing of documents, eDelivery submissions and drop-box are suspended during this time. The Clerk’s Office will continue to assist the public by phone from 8:00-11:30 and 1:30-4:00. For Conservatorship inquiries, please contact the Clerk’s Office at 805-289-8820. Parties seeking emergency orders shall reserve an emergency ex parte hearing by contacting the judicial secretary according to the instructions below.

Temporary Emergency Ex Parte Procedures for Probate

Please see Amended Administrative Order 22.02 on this website for further information.

The Clerk’s Office hours at the Juvenile Courthouse are 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Appointments are required, except when making payments on traffic fines and fees. Please visit the court’s homepage and click on “Schedule an Appointment” button to schedule an appointment.

Telephone hours are 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Remote Appearances

Please see “Remote Appearances” on the homepage which identifies the proceedings where remote appearance is available. Participants intending to appear remotely must comply with the requirements of California Rules of Court, rule 3.672.

A conservatorship is a legal arrangement in which an adult oversees the personal care or financial matters of another adult considered incapable of managing alone. The incapacitated person is the "conservatee" and the person who takes over care is called the "conservator". A conservatorship may be created when an adult person is unable to properly provide for his or her personal needs for physical health, food, clothing or shelter. This is called a conservatorship of the person.

A conservatorship may also be created when an adult person is unable to manage his or her own financial resources or resist fraud or undue influence. This is called a conservatorship of the estate. Sometimes it is necessary to establish a conservatorship of both the person and the estate.

An adult person may voluntarily request the appointment of a conservator. A conservatorship may also be created for a minor who is married or whose marriage has been dissolved, and who otherwise meets the criteria for an adult conservatorship, or for a member of the uniformed services or other agency of the United States, who is officially determined to be missing.

Conservatorships are heard in the probate department of the superior court. Many of the forms used for filing a conservatorship petition are the same as those used for filing for a guardianship of a minor.

Conservatorship of the person

A conservator owes a fiduciary duty to the conservatee, which is the highest duty of care one can owe to another. The "Handbook for Conservators" and the video "With Heart--Understanding Conservatorships" provide necessary information on the duties of a conservator. The Conservatorship Video is available at the Ventura Court's Self-Help Legal Access Center.

Conservatorship of the estate

If there are assets which need protection, the conservator should retain private legal counsel to advise him or her about obligations regarding the estate. The court requires accountings and reportings on a regular basis. Ignorance of the requirements is not an excuse for failure to comply. For this reason, it is always recommended that conservators of an estate be represented by legal counsel. The attorneys fees must be approved by the court, and generally may be paid from estate assets.

LPS Conservatorship

A Lanterman-Petris Short or LPS Conservatorship may be established to arrange placement and mental health treatment for persons who are unable to provide for their food, clothing or shelter as a result of a mental disorder, chronic alcoholism or substance abuse.

For more information on Conservatorship, visit the California Courts Self-Help Center.

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