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Pre-trial Services

The Pre-trial Services Unit provides verified community ties information for recently arrested defendants to the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda. The information is used by the judge or commissioner to determine a defendant's eligibility to be released from jail on his or her own recognizance - without posting bail. The Unit interviews defendants and conducts an investigation into each defendant's ties to the community, potential danger to the community, reliability for attending court dates, and prepares a written report for each defendant interviewed. Our services include:
  • Screening defendants for medical needs, mental health problems, and substance abuse;
  • Monitoring court proceedings and recording release dispositions. Staff is available to the judge and attorneys to conduct additional interviews;
  • Providing follow-up services for all defendants released on their own recognizance (O.R.), reminding them of each court date until final disposition of the case; and
  • Contacting defendants who have failed to appear to inform them about how to resolve their outstanding bench warrant.


The Pre-trial Service Unit is staffed by a Court Supervisor, two Pre-trial Services Specialists, an unpaid Intern Coordinator, and up to 12 volunteer student interns.


Student interns are recruited and screened in February and March of each year for our two internship programs. The Intensive Summer Program begins during the first week in June and ends the third week in August. The summer interns are required to work at least 16 hours per week. The Academic Year Program begins the fourth week in August and ends the second week in May. The academic year interns are required to work eight hours per week. All interns are supervised by the pre-trial services unit staff. Interns interview defendants, contact each defendant's references, prepare written reports to the court, and are present in court to record dispositions. All interns are required to attend in-service training sessions and meetings, guest speaker presentations, and a tour of the Santa Rita Jail.


Stephanie Marshall-James


Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse, 3rd Floor
661 Washington Street
Oakland, California  94607

Office Hours:

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(510) 272-1270


(510) 627-4906


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