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Criminal

Introduction to Criminal Division

Judges have a duty to uphold and follow the law given to them by the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of California, and the laws passed by the Legislature. 

  The San Francisco Criminal Court has jurisdiction over infractions, misdemeanor, and felony cases. The Criminal Court conducts trials, motions, arraignments, preliminary hearings, probation hearings, mental health proceedings, and other types of criminal proceedings. 

  Criminal cases are heard in the Hall of Justice Building, 850 Bryant St. (between 6th and 7th Streets). However, some criminal cases are heard in the Civic Center Courthouse, 400 McAllister St., and the Community Justice Center, 575 Polk St.  To determine which department your case is being heard in, please review the Daily Calendar for criminal and traffic hearings, which is displayed on an electronic wall monitor outside Room 101, Monday-Friday, or call the Clerk’s Office at (415) 551-0651. 

Felony 

A felony case is a criminal action in which the defendant is charged with a criminal offense typically punishable by state prison or county jail. For example, murder, rape, robbery, and residential burglary are felony offenses.

Misdemeanor

A misdemeanor case is a criminal action in which the defendant is charged with a misdemeanor offense which is punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year. Examples of misdemeanor offenses include vandalism, trespassing, and simple assault and battery, as well as serious traffic violations, such as driving under the influence.  

Arraignment, Pre-trial Release and Bail

Arraignment  

The arraignment is the first time the defendant appears in court.  

At the arraignment, a judge tells the defendant:  

  • What the charges are; 

  • What their constitutional rights are; and  

  • If they do not have enough money to hire a lawyer, the court will appoint a  lawyer free of charge. 

  The defendant, through their attorney, then responds to the charges by entering a plea of not guilty, guilty, or no contest. A defendant can only plead no contest in misdemeanor cases.  

*Not Guilty means the defendant says they did not commit the crime.  

*Guilty means the defendant admits that they committed the crime. The judge finds the defendant guilty and enters a conviction in the court record.  

*No Contest means the defendant does not contest (disagrees with) the charge. This plea has the same effect as a guilty plea, except the conviction generally cannot be used against the defendant in a civil lawsuit. A defendant can only plead no contest in misdemeanor cases.  

Bail 

Bail Fact Sheet

Case Calendars & County Jail Information 

Search for Case Calendars by Case Type and Date

Information is available up to 120 calendar days from today.

Case Calendar

Search Cumulative Criminal Index Records Updated Weekly

Case Index

Jail/Inmate Information

The San Francisco County Jail is operated by the Sheriff's Department, not the Court. For information regarding inmates and arrested persons, call (415) 553-1430.

Inmate Locator - https://www.sfsheriff.com/find-person-jail 

For information regarding inmates housed at San Bruno, call (415) 266-7501.

Criminal Records

Instructions for Getting Copies of Criminal Records

NOTE: Submitting multiple requests for the same case number will cause undue delays in processing your record requests. Please contact the clerks office for updates on your record request.

Request for Criminal Records Viewing here

Criminal Records Department Phone Number (415) 551-0651.

Cleaning Up Your Record

This following information only deals with criminal convictions obtained in California and is intended to assist you with cleaning up your criminal record. We do not guarantee any results for a particular case, nor is the information intended as legal advice.

If you have been convicted of a crime you may be eligible for relief. Some convictions can be modified on your record so that when you apply for most jobs, you can legally indicate that you were not convicted of that crime. Other convictions may be reduced from felony to misdemeanor status in certain situations. Also, if you have completed a term in prison you may be eligible for a Certificate of Rehabilitation and Pardon.

The California Courts website has detailed information and the necessary forms needed for cleaning up your criminal record.

The San Francisco Public Defender’s Clean Slate Program may also be able to assist you in this process.

Staff Directory/Operational Units

Hall of Justice Administration

Court Executive Officer - Brandon Riley (415) 551-5727

Court Administrator - Mark Culkins (415) 551-0350

Court Manager, Criminal Division - Sherife Huseny (415) 551-0665

Court Manager, Comprehensive Collections Unit - Jennifer Chan (415) 551-8576

Court Manager, Criminal Courtroom Clerks - Gina Guidi (415) 551-4004

Criminal Operation Court Staff

Court Manager, Criminal Operations, Sherife Huseny (415) 551-0665

Court Interpreter Supervisor - Rose Gonzalez (415) 551-0656

Acting Court Interpreter Supervisor - Bradley Pon (415) 551-0656

Court Supervisor, Criminal Master Cal - Wesley Ramirez (415) 551-7572

Court Supervisor, Criminal Courtroom Clerks - Cynthia Karadi (415) 551-0352

Court Supervisor, Criminal Courtroom Clerks - Liana Lee Manuel (415) 551-3616

Court Supervisor, Criminal -Operations- Bryan Wong (415) 551-0696

Court Supervisor, Criminal -Records- Stephen Spengler (415) 551-0684

Operational Units

Appeals, Felony (415) 551-0354 or (415) 551-0693

Appeals, Misdemeanors and Traffic (415) 551-0657

Bond Desk (415) 551-0691

Comprehensive Collections Unit (415) 551-0670

DMV (415) 551-0683

Exhibits (415) 551-0671

Filings (415) 551-0651

General Information (415) 551-0679

Records (415) 551-0651

Subpoenaed Records (415) 551-0653

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