Courts in California
Court Records, Directory And News in CA
In the California state court system, trial courts are called superior courts. There is a superior court in each of California's 58 counties, and they hear most types of cases including civil, criminal, family, probate, juvenile, and small claims cases. There is also an appellate court, that reviews superior court decisions, and the California Supreme Court, which is the highest court in the state.

If you're seeking California court records, you'll need to contact the superior court where the case took place. Although most California court documents are public record, procedures for viewing or obtaining copies varies by county (a link to each county's superior court website can be found at http://www.courts.ca.gov/find-my-court.htm.) Some counties require that you go to the courthouse during business hours, and in others, there are online California court records databases that provide basic information or even scanned copies of court documents. If you're seeking records from California's appellate or Supreme Court, you'll need to complete a 'Request for Judicial Administrative Records' form, which can be found at http://www.courts.ca.gov/requestforms.htm. California also has a comprehensive self-help section where you can obtain forms and information regarding a wide variety of type of cases – http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp.htm.
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23, Jul 2014 - Google has to face US privacy suit over new user data policy
A California court has allowed a privacy class action suit against Google to continue, though only in part.
23, Jul 2014 - Prosecutor: Sonoma County deputy who shot unarmed teen acted in self-defense
Frances Burns SANTA ROSA, Calif., July 7 (UPI) -- A California sheriff's deputy who killed a 13-year-old armed only with a toy gun won't face charges, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said Monday.
23, Jul 2014 - State court rules job protections cover workers using others' ID
California's legal protections for workers who suffer job discrimination extend to immigrants who illegally use others' Social Security numbers to get their jobs, the state Supreme Court decided Thursday.
23, Jul 2014 - San Francisco, CA Federal judge's ruling on California death penalty stuns experts
A federal judge's ruling that California's death penalty is unconstitutional was described by legal experts Wednesday as stunning and unprecedented.
23, Jul 2014 - San Diego, CA Stanford law professor named to California Supreme Court
Gov. Jerry Brown nominates Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar to replace Justice Marvin Baxter on the state's high court, capping immigrant's journey from growing up in Mexican border town to legal star.
23, Jul 2014 - Sacramento, CA Supreme Court won't intervene in California ban on gay-conversion therapy
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider arguments against California's ban on a controversial therapy aimed at reversing homosexuality in children, allowing the prohibition to be enforced in the most populous U.S. state. The court's decision not to take up the case follows a ruling by an appeals court last year that the prohibition ...
23, Jul 2014 - San Luis Obispo, CA Andre Birotte Jr. confirmed for L.A. federal judgeship
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed the nomination of Andre Birotte Jr., U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, to serve as a district judge in Los Angeles.
23, Jul 2014 - Death penalty: Ruling in California finds long delays 'cruel and unusual' (+video)
A federal judge struck down California's death penalty on Wednesday, ruling that death-row wait times are too long and the application of the sentence is too arbitrary, in violation of a constitutional ban on 'cruel and unusual punishment.' 
23, Jul 2014 - More than dozen arrested in multi-state drug operation
Hamilton County's sheriff says a drug operation stretching from California to an Ohio prison has been broken up.
23, Jul 2014 - No charges against California deputy who killed teen holding replica gun
Frances Burns SANTA ROSA, Calif., July 7 (UPI) -- A veteran California sheriff's deputy who killed a 13-year-old armed only with a toy gun will not face charges, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said Monday.
23, Jul 2014 - Sacramento, CA Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta water project heads to state high court
SACRAMENTO (AP) -- The California Supreme Court is set to decide if the state must buy thousands of acres of private property to perform preliminary tests for two massive water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
23, Jul 2014 - Sacramento, CA California Court Says Groundwater Extraction Harming Rivers Must Be Regulated
Bloomberg BNA — A California court has issued a ruling requiring the regulation of groundwater withdrawals that harm the Scott River in Siskiyou County.
23, Jul 2014 - Death penalty: Ruling in California finds long delays 'cruel and unusual'
A federal judge struck down California's death penalty on Wednesday, ruling that death-row wait times are too long and the application of the sentence is too arbitrary, in violation of a constitutional ban on 'cruel and unusual punishment.' 
23, Jul 2014 - Sacramento, CA Mexican Immigrant-Stanford Law Professor Unlikely To Follow Conservative’s Footsteps As Newest St
California Governor Jerry Brown has nominated a Stanford Law School professor, Mexican immigrant and former advisor to President Obama on Immigration policy to the State Supreme Court.
23, Jul 2014 - Apple hit with class action lawsuit for alleged labor rule violations
Apple faces in a state court in California a class action suit that its employees were not provided timely meal breaks, rest breaks and final paychecks, according to the lawyer for the employees.
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