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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Apple Inc. (AAPL) retail and corporate employees in California won a court ruling allowing them to sue as a group over claims they often can’t take meal and rest breaks required by state law.
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31, Jul 2014 - Monterey, CA Death penalty ruled unconstitutional in California
A federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system. California has not executed a prisoner since 2006. READ: California death penalty ruling The decision by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney represents a legal victory for those who want to abolish the ...
31, Jul 2014 - Nevada, CA Ex-Nevada lawmaker Steven Brooks sentenced to California prison in police chase case
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31, Jul 2014 - Monterey, CA California death penalty unconstitutional, federal judge rules
In a decision that could wipe California's death penalty off the books, a Los Angeles federal judge has declared the state's capital punishment law unconstitutional because of the decades death row inmates must inevitably wait before execution.
31, Jul 2014 - Monterey, CA Guard at Northern California state prison attacked
A state prison guard was sent to a hospital after being stabbed repeatedly in the back of the head by an inmate armed with a handmade weapon.
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31, Jul 2014 - Placer, CA Museum to Honor California Prisons On the Way?
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31, Jul 2014 - Nevada, CA Former Nevada Lawmaker Sentenced to California Prison
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31, Jul 2014 - California inmate accused of murdering young Minneapolis couple in 1998
A man serving a lengthy sentence in a California prison has been charged with a brutal double homicide on Christmas Eve in Northeast Minneapolis more than 15 years ago.
31, Jul 2014 - Los Angeles, CA California can't say if it's meeting drought goal
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31, Jul 2014 - Official: State can send inmates to medical site
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California can once again send sick inmates to an $839 million prison medical complex that was closed earlier this year amid staffing, supply and other problems at the site intended to help end years of federal court oversight, an overseer said Monday. J. Clark ...
31, Jul 2014 - Placer, CA Museum to Honor California Prisons Needed?
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31, Jul 2014 - Federal judge rules California's death penalty system unconstitutional
California's system for imposing and carrying out the death penalty is so long and drawn-out that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. Ruling in the case of Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was condemned to death in 1995 and has yet to be executed, Judge Cormac J. Carney of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ...
31, Jul 2014 - Napa, CA 90-year-old convict denied parole in fatal crash
A 90-year-old man convicted of killing a motorist on the Silverado Trail near Calistoga in August 1993 will remain in prison after a parole board denied him parole for three years, according to the California Department of Corrections and the Napa County District Attorney’s Office.
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