751 Pine Street
Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 608-1000
Click for directions

Business Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM,
Monday through Friday (excluding court holidays)

Filing Clerk windows open to the public at 8:00 AM and close at 2:00 PM.


Background Information

The Peter L. Spinetta Family Law Center houses five of Contra Costa County's seven family law-related courtrooms at 751 Pine Street in Martinez. Every effort has been made to ensure that the Spinetta facility is accessible, convenient and user friendly.

Inside the Spinetta Center

Entrance/Security

Everyone entering the Spinetta Center must go through a security check to help make sure that everyone in the building is safe at all times. During the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing rules will be strictly enforced. Masks or face coverings will be required to enter the building. Temperatures will also be checked at the security station.

Family Law Facilitator Services

Persons who do not have a lawyer to represent them in Court may wish to seek the assistance of a Family Law Facilitator. The Family Law Facilitator’s Office is not offering in-person services at the courthouse at this time. For more information on how to contact the Family Law Facilitator’s Office, click here: Family Law Facilitator’s Page.

Domestic Violence Restraining Order & Ex Parte Window

Domestic Violence Restraining Order forms and instructions are accessible electronically. Windows #9 and #10 The Domestic Violence Restraining Order Window in the Spinetta Center is available for people who prefer to submit paper copies of their Domestic Violence Restraining Order forms and for persons seeking other emergency orders. However, requests for domestic violence restraining orders may also be emailed to the court. See the "Emergency Local Rules: Family Law" here: Family Law Emergency Local Rules.

Mediation and Investigation Windows

The Mediations and Investigations windows are at the rear of the lobby in the Spinetta Center. These windows are used to check in for appointments with mediators and Child Custody Recommending Counselors. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are no in-person mediation appointments occurring at this time.

Filing Windows

The Family Law filing counter is located just inside the building, on the left. Family Law staff accepts all filings in family law cases except requests for Temporary Emergency Orders and Domestic Violence Restraining Order papers. The filing windows also accept payment of family law filing fees. Clerk windows open to the public at 8:00 AM and close at 2:00 PM.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, you may experience long waits for the filing window. The court encourages customers to submit documents for filing in the drop box located in the front of the building or by mailing them to the courthouse.

Drop Box

The drop box is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is located in front of the Spinetta Family Law building at 751 Pine Street, Martinez, CA 94553. The drop box is checked at least twice a day and items are filed as of the day they are received.

  • Be sure to include the original of your document(s), at least two copies, any applicable filing fee or fee waiver application, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope with appropriate postage for the court to return your filed documents to you.
  • If you need envelopes or postage, there is a post office located nearby: 815 Court Street, Martinez, CA 94553.

Mailing

Mail the original of your document(s), at least two copies, any applicable filing fee or fee waiver application, and a self-addressed stamped envelope with appropriate postage for the court to return your filed documents to you. You can mail your documents to:

Contra Costa County Superior Court
751 Pine Street
P.O. Box 911
Martinez, CA 94553
Attn: Clerk’s Office

Parking Information

Metered parking is available on all streets surrounding the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse (meters take quarters and some take credit cards).