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  • Domestic Violence (DV) Restraining Orders (including Temporary Orders) and Gun Violence (GV) Restraining Orders

    Effective July 1, 2023, the Madera County Superior Court will accept electronically filed petitions for Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Orders and Gun Violence Restraining Orders, pursuant to SB 538 (2021-22 Legislative Year), AB 887 (2021-22 Legislative Year), AB 2960 (2021-22 Legislative Year) and the court’s local rules (Division 6).

    Petitions can be filed free of charge  on the Public Portal (see additional information on how to file here) or through the court’s eFiling platform. Note that any petition filed through the eFiling platform may incur a charge from the EFSP (Electronic Filing Service Provider).

    For questions related to the filing of these petitions, please call (559) 416-5565 during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 8am – 3pm, excluding court holidays) for assistance. 

  • Remote Hearings and Appearances for Domestic Violence (DV) and Gun Violence (GV) Petition Hearings

    A party or witness may appear remotely at a hearing on a petition for a domestic violence or gun violence restraining order. 

    To request to appear remotely for these hearings, please click on this link.  This will take you to the webpage to request appearance via Zoom.

    For questions related to remote appearances in these specific hearings, please call (559) 416-5585 for assistance.

    Please see the court’s local rules (Division 10) for additional information.

  • Remote Appearances in Civil & Criminal Matters

    In compliance with SB 133 (from the 2023-24 Legislative Year), the Madera County Superior Court significantly revised the Zoom Appearance Request Form for remote appearances in civil matters.  The revisions are in effect from July 1, 2023 – December 31, 2025.  Go to Remote Video Appearances and please read the information carefully and follow all applicable instructions. 

    In compliance with AB 199 (2021-22 Legislative Year) and SB 135 (2023-24 Legislative Year),  effective July 1, 2022 - December 31, 2024,  remote appearances in criminal matters will continue; however, certain limitations apply.  The Zoom Appearance Request Form has been revised to reflect the limitations.  Go to the Remote Video Appearances link referenced above for more information.

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Madera Superior Court

200 South G Street
Madera, CA 93637
United States

About the Court

The Superior Court of California, Madera County is a unified superior court, served by nine judges, one family support commissioner and one traffic commissioner. The court employs approximately 100 court staff.


"To ensure equal and fair access for all in the judicial system, and provide public service in an efficient and impartial manner."


"To consistently provide transparent and equitable service by embracing the following core values: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and civic education."

Judges and Leadership

The Honorable Ernest J. LiCalsi is the court's Presiding Judge.

The Honorable Dale J. Blea is the court's Assistant Presiding Judge.

The Court Executive Officer is Adrienne Calip. 

The Assistant Court Executive Officer is  Amy Downey.

Each judge is assigned a particular type of legal proceeding for each year on a rotating basis as determined by the presiding judge.