PREPARING AND FILING COURT DOCUMENTS
All court forms and documents should be typed or printed using blue-black or black ink. Filing a petition with the Probate Clerk in The B.F. Sisk Courthouse starts the probate proceeding.
SETTING A HEARING DATE IN PROBATE
When a petition is filed in the Probate Court, the Probate Clerk will assign a hearing date. The petitioner must give notice of the hearing to all parties interested in the probate matter.
PROBATE CALENDAR NOTES
After a petition is filed, a Probate Court Examiner reviews the pleadings prior to the hearing to ensure they comply with the procedural requirements set forth in the Probate Code. The Probate Examiner’s notes are available for review before or after the hearing through the court’s website. For access to the Probate Examiner’s Notes:
- Click “Examiner’s Notes” above
- Click “Probate Examiner Note” at the bottom of the page
- Type in your case number and search
Probate matters are not assigned a court reporter, which means there will be no official transcript. Parties may provide their own court reporter according to court rules.
PROBATE COURT-APPOINTED PANEL
Attorneys interested in becoming a part of the court-appointed panel, please contact Mari Henson at (559) 457-1888
FOR COURT INTERPRETER SERVICES, CLICK HERE
REMOTE VIDEO PROCEEDINGS
The Probate Department has transitioned to utilizing Zoom for all probate hearings at this time. Appearances using the Zoom application will be voluntary, however, all parties are strongly encouraged to appear remotely, if possible. Individuals who choose to personally appear for a hearing will use the Zoom process in the courtroom with the following requirements:
- All individuals coming to the court will be required to go through expanded security screening.
- Masks will be required to enter the building and must be worn in the courtroom.
- Only parties associated with the matter on calendar will be allowed into the courtroom.
- The deputy will be enforcing proper social distancing and monitoring the number of people in the courtroom. Some individuals may have to wait outside the courtroom until their case is called.
Important Information regarding Zoom Hearings:
The Probate Division of the Fresno County Superior Court is dedicated to serving the needs of the public in all matters related to Probate, Trusts, Guardianship, Conservatorship, Mental Health, and related cases. We will strive to meet the needs of our customers, and to provide them with professional, courteous, and friendly service. We will provide information and direction where appropriate, promote positive communication, and maintain the integrity of the judicial system.