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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28, Mar 2015 - Central Missouri man pleads guilty to murder, gets life
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28, Mar 2015 - Supreme Court ruling puts state regulatory boards in crosshairs
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28, Mar 2015 - Fresno, CA Chaplain wins partial court appeal in promotion discrimination claim
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28, Mar 2015 - San Francisco, CA Kleiner firm cleared in Silicon Valley gender bias case
A California jury on Friday cleared venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers of gender discrimination claims brought against it by a woman former partner in a trial that transfixed Silicon Valley.
28, Mar 2015 - Marin, CA Report: Kings had highest lockup rate in CA
With California voters, judges and legislators increasingly favoring alternatives to jail cells, the number of inmates in California has steadily dropped since peaking in 2007, according to new statistics from a state corrections agency.
28, Mar 2015 - Santa Ana, CA California man pleads not guilty to charges of trying to support Islamic State
SANTA ANA, Calif. — A 21-year-old California man originally charged with lying on a passport application so he could travel to Syria pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court to new charges alleging he also tried to provide support to the Islamic State terror organization.
28, Mar 2015 - What's Next for Silicon Valley After Pao Loss?
More lawsuits alleging gender discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation are already in the pipeline. Cases against Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. filed in California state court during Pao’s trial may indicate the thin end of the wedge, said professor Joan Williams, of the University of California Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.
28, Mar 2015 - Salinas, CA Arizona jury to resume deliberations in Jodi Arias death penalty case
A jury in Phoenix is due to resume deliberating on Monday whether Jodi Arias should be put to death for murdering her ex-boyfriend in 2008, after a penalty phase retrial ended last week in the closely watched case. Arias, a 34-year-old former waitress from Salinas, California, was convicted of the murder in 2013, but jurors at the original trial deadlocked on whether she should be executed. A ...
28, Mar 2015 - Jury rejects Silicon Valley sex bias charge
A California jury rejected charges of gender discrimination against a prominent venture capital firm Friday in a case seen as a proxy trial of Silicon Valley sex bias. The state court jury found Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB) did not discriminate against Ellen Pao, who claimed she was fired after complaining about bias at the firm that notably backed Amazon, Facebook and Google. The ...
28, Mar 2015 - Lake, CA Calif. loosens sex offender residency rules
By Sam Stanton, Sacramento Bee State prison officials said Thursday that they are loosening some restrictions on where thousands of California sex offenders may live in response to a state Supreme Court ruling earlier this month. The new policy essentially means that state officials will review the cases of all 6,000 sex-offender parolees to determine […]
28, Mar 2015 - Nevada, CA Ex-NFL star Sharper admits to sexual assaults in California, Arizona
(Adds sentencing details, plea deal reached in New Orleans) By Daina Beth Solomon and Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES, March 23 (Reuters) - Former NFL star Darren Sharper admitted in court on Monday to drugging and raping women in California and Arizona and was expected to plead guilty in similar Nevada and Louisiana cases in plea deals prosecutors say will land him in prison for at least nine years ...
28, Mar 2015 - Lake, CA California man sentenced to probation in airplane groping case
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28, Mar 2015 - Sacramento, CA Attorney: Former Myrtle Beach police officer pleads not guilty on federal racketeering, drug traffi
Five of seven attorneys for the seven people arrested by the FBI on racketeering, money-laundering and drug trafficking-related charges, were present for a hearing in a California courtroom Monday morning, according to defense attorney Jonny McCoy.
28, Mar 2015 - San Francisco, CA Jury clears Kleiner of gender bias in Silicon Valley case
By Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California jury on Friday cleared venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers of gender discrimination claims brought against it by a woman former partner in a trial that transfixed Silicon Valley. The jury also said it had cleared Kleiner on a claim that the firm had retaliated against former partner Ellen Pao by ...
28, Mar 2015 - Reddit CEO sexism trial: Judge oks punitive damages
A California judge has ruled that a woman suing a Silicon Valley venture capital firm in a high-profile gender bias case may seek punitive damages that could add tens of millions of dollars to the US$16 million (NZ$21 million) in lost wages and bonuses she is pursuing.
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