Our Mission:

"The Butte County Probation Department is committed to enhancing public safety through rehabilitation and accountability."

Adult Court Process

• Arrest Made (accused brought to county jail).

    – Probable case of involvement in commission of crime.

    – Criminal Complaint filed.

    – Arrest warrant issued.

• Preliminary Arraignment

    – Within 72 hours of arrest.

    – Accused receives written charges.

    – Bail is set.

    – Preliminary Hearing is scheduled.  

• Preliminary Hearing

    – To determine whether there is sufficient evidence to hold the case for trial before a judge or jury.

    – May result in reduction of charges or dismissal of case.

    – Accused is presumed innocent and usually does not testify.

• Formal Arraignment

    – Accused receives final charges in writing.

    – Accused enters plea of guilty or not guilty.

    – Accused requests jury or non-jury trial.

    – Defense Counsel must enter ‘Appearance’ as Counsel of Record.

    – Case is assigned to a judge.

    – Establishes time periods for filing of Discovery and Pre-Trial Motions.

    – Pre-Trial Conference is scheduled.

• Pre-Trial Conference

    – Informs judge of how case will proceed:

        • Jury Trial.

        • Non-Jury Trial.

        • Pre-Trial Motions.

        • Plea.

    – Trial or plea date is scheduled.

• Trial (Jury or Non-Jury)

    – If incarcerated, accused must be brought to trial within 180 days of filing of Criminal Complaint unless there is excludable time charged to accused.

    – If on bail, accused must be brought to trial within 365 days of filing of Criminal Complaint unless there is excludable time charged to accused.

    – Accused may present a defense to charges in a suppression hearing, jury or non-jury trial.

    – If acquitted on all charges the case concludes.

    – If accused is convicted of all or any charge by entry or plea or guilty verdict by judge or jury the case proceeds to Sentencing stage. (see “I Have Been

Convicted, What Happens Now?”)

 Contact Probation

Butte County Probation
Oroville Phone:    530.538.7661
Chico Phone: 530.879.7555

Juvenile Hall
Phone:    530.538.7311

Steve Bordin
Chief Probation Officer


 Location and Hours

Main Office
Butte County Probation
42 County Center Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am to 12:00pm
1:00pm to 4:30pm
Excludes Holidays

Probation And Community Services
1370 Ridgewood Drive, Ste. 22
Chico, CA 95973

Juvenile Hall
41 County Center Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

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 Meetings & Agendas

Community Corrections Partnership
September 16, 2015,
From 9 to 11am
Held at:
Butte County Office of Education
Board Room
1859 Bird Street
Oroville, CA 95965

Minutes and Agendas