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I went to court last week to observe for class and in the

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I went to court last week to observe for class and in the case number ***** the abbreviation NF What does that mean?
JA: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in?
Customer: California
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: No
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I looked it up, and it says it might mean not filed. But the accused had already been arrested and a bail had been set in a previous hearing.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  socrateaser replied 11 months ago.

California case number ***** are not standardized. The abbreviation absolutely does not mean "not filed" (despite the silly answers by a wide range of attorneys on the internet who are simply guessing, rather than to admit ignorance.

More likely, the abbreviation represents the court division in the county (e.g., "North Fresno") -- or it may indicate the type of criminal case (e.g., "Nonviolent Felony").

The only way to be certain is to contact the court clerk and ask -- because, as I said, these codes are not standardized from one county to another.

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