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Courts may keep official records about cases in paper or electronic format. There are three ways to look at court records: Go to the courthouse and ask to look at paper records. Go to the courthouse and look at electronic court records. If your court offers it, look at electronic records over the internet. This is called “remote access.”. This page is about electronic records and tells you:
Effective January 1, 2010, rule 10.500 of the California Rules of Court set forth comprehensive public access provisions applicable to judicial administrative records maintained by state trial and appellate courts, the state Supreme Court, as well as the Judicial Council of California (the Council). The Council makes identifiable judicial administrative records available to receive and/or for inspection upon request unless the records are exempt from disclosure.
The California Courts Meeting Information Center offers online access to Judicial Council of California meetings, presentations, and archived broadcasts. Judicial Council Meeting Webcast. View Upcoming, Past Meetings, and Actions.
Accessing Court Case Files. Court case files are public records and subject to public inspection. California Rules of Court, rule 2.400 (a) states that all papers in the court files may be inspected by the public in the office of the clerk. Rule 2.550 (a) says that unless confidential or sealed by law, all court records are presumed open.
1 In order to provide electronic public access to court information, Sacramento Superior Court incurs technology development, maintenance, and operational expenses. Pursuant to California Rule of Court 2.506 and Government Code Section 68150(l), the Court may impose fees for the costs of providing access to its electronic records.
Find My Court. California has 58 superior courts, one for each county in the state. Many court services are handled by the local courts directly. You can find addresses, web links, and jury information on this page after searching for the court you need.
The first step to take when trying to obtain court records in California is to send request applications to the courthouses where the cases were filed. A courthouse may keep official records of a case in either paper or electronic format. Requestors can access court records in any of these two ways: Remote access.
Viewing court cases electronically is accessible to anyone via computer, mobile phone, or tablet. Using a website like California Court Records, anyone can look up cases and get access to information searching names, case numbers, and more. If the individual searching is part of the case, they will have full access, though the general public might not.