Courts in California
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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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22, Sep 2014 - San Bernardino, CA 3 charged with attempted murder of San Bernardino police officer
Prosecutors say three men have been charged in California with the attempted murder of a policeman even though they didn't pull the trigger. The San Bernardino County district attorney's office said Tuesday that the men were with the gunman and knew about an AK-47 he fired during the confrontation.
22, Sep 2014 - California lawyer faces discipline for phony celebrity photo-ops
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles attorney may have her law license suspended after a state bar investigation found that she had superimposed images of herself into numerous celebrity photographs posted on her website's "publicity" page. In an 18-page decision, a state bar court judge recommended Svitlana Sangary be suspended for six months and remain on probation for another ...
22, Sep 2014 - Court won't reconsider school's US flag shirt ban
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court won't reconsider a ruling that upholds a Northern California high school's decision to order students to turn American flag T-shirts inside out.
22, Sep 2014 - Alameda, CA California Golf coach admits molesting students
PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors say a popular Northern California golf teacher has pleaded guilty to molesting his students and plotting to kill them from jail. Alameda County District Attorney spokeswoman Teresa Drenick says Andrew Nisbet of Livermore entered his pleas Thursday to seven felonies including murder solicitation, ...
22, Sep 2014 - Alameda, CA California golf coach pleads guilty to molesting boys
A popular Northern California golf teacher pleaded guilty to molesting his students and plotting to kill them from jail by hiring a hit man, prosecutors said. Andrew Nisbet, 32, of Livermore, entered his pleas Thursday to seven felonies including murder solicitation, committing lewd and lascivious acts on a minor, and possessing child pornography, Alameda County District Attorney spokeswoman ...
22, Sep 2014 - Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP and Barger & Wolen LLP Announce Merger
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, a national law firm with 460 lawyers in 22 offices around the country and Barger & Wolen LLP, a California-based law firm with 45 attorneys in six offices, announced today they will join forces.
22, Sep 2014 - Opponents of high-speed rail project petition California Supreme Court
Opponents of California's controversial $68 billion high-speed rail project petitioned the California Supreme Court on Tuesday, arguing a court of appeals decision ignored the financial protections of voters. The plaintiffs, which include a farmer, a landowner and Kings County, requested the state's Supreme Court examine an earlier appeals court decision that allowed municipal bonds to fund high ...
22, Sep 2014 - California state senator gets jail time in voter fraud case
By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California state senator convicted on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Friday in one of three ethics scandals involving Democratic lawmakers in the most populous U.S. Senator Roderick Wright of Los Angeles was convicted in January of lying about whether he lived in the district he sought to represent, the ...
22, Sep 2014 - California bullet train foes ask state's highest court for help
Central Valley farmers trying to halt construction of California's bullet train have asked the state's highest court to review the project, setting up another possible legal showdown over the controversial San Francisco-to-Los-Angeles rail line.
22, Sep 2014 - U.S. judge orders Arizona to recognize gay marriage from California
A federal judge in Arizona ruled Friday that state officials must recognize the marriage of two men who were wed in California this year, though the ruling will not affect the ongoing fight to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage, court filings show.
22, Sep 2014 - Santa Maria, CA Law experts weigh in on cost to retry local gang leader
Two California law professors and a Santa Maria defense attorney disagree that the retrial of a local gang leader is without additional costs, as previously stated by the prosecution, but differ as to the necessity of such an endeavor.
22, Sep 2014 - Edgar Steele dies in prison
VICTORVILLE, Calif. - The former attorney who once represented Aryan Nations founder Richard Butler and was convicted of plotting to kill his wife has died in a California prison.69-year-old Edgar Steele was serving a 50 year sentence in Victorville, California in connection to trying to kill his wife and mother-in-law by paying a handyman to place a bomb under her car. 
22, Sep 2014 - Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii gay marriage cases in court
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22, Sep 2014 - Fresno, CA Judge asked to cut off extra water for salmon
Agricultural water providers in the Central Valley of California asked a federal judge to stop releases of extra water intended to help salmon in the Klamath Basin survive the drought. The petition for ...
22, Sep 2014 - Court orders Arizona to recognize one same-sex marriage
A federal judge agreed that a death certificate should recognize a marriage that occurred in California this summer.
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