Starting January 21, the South County Justice Center in Porterville will begin accepting filings for Domestic Violence restraining orders. Only those filings that do not involve minor children will be processed and heard in Porterville.
All other filings involving minor children will continue to be filed and heard in the Visalia Division.
Due to budget constraints, the South County Justice Center does not have the resources necessary to staff a Family Court Services office to mediate cases involving minor children as required under the Family Code. The court hopes to expand services to include custody and visitation matters in the future.