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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19, Dec 2014 - Riverside, CA AP Exclusive: Drugs in California jails spike amid effort to ease state prison overcrowding
Drug smuggling is up at many California county jails and one reason, sheriff's officials say, is that some parolees are getting arrested just so they can try to sneak narcotics behind bars.
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By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber argued Thursday that it should not have to turn over ride data in a California regulatory standoff that shows how the transportation service is falling afoul of officials who could threaten its expansion. The issue, which is being heard in a California administrative court and whose outcome will not be known until next year, pits Uber against the ...
19, Dec 2014 - Death penalty sought in slaying of deputies
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prosecutors said Tuesday they will seek the death penalty for a Utah man charged with killing two deputies during an hours-long rampage that also left a motorist and another deputy wounded.
19, Dec 2014 - San Diego, CA Chula Vista man sentenced for gun smuggling
Sergio Garcia-Rico, 53, pleaded guilty in August to drug and weapons charges in the case, admitting that he bought firearms at gun shops and shows in California and delivered them to an offshoot of the La Familia Michoacana gang.
19, Dec 2014 - Riverside, CA Drug smuggling surging in California jails
Surprising source of some smuggling may be related to overhaul in state corrections undertaken three years ago
19, Dec 2014 - Riverside, CA AP: More Narcotics Are Coming Into California Jails
A 2011 California law that sends lower-level felons to county lock-ups to serve their time instead of state prison has caused a spike in narcotics smuggling in county jails, sheriff's officials say.
19, Dec 2014 - Riverside, CA Jail Break-In? California Drug Smugglers Get Arrested To Sneak Narcotics Behind Bars
Drug smuggling is up at many California county jails and one reason, sheriffs officials say, is that some parolees are getting arrested just so they can try to sneak narcotics behind bars..
19, Dec 2014 - California court strikes down DNA collection law
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California appeals court struck down a state law that requires the collection of DNA from anyone arrested on suspicion of committing a felony.
19, Dec 2014 - Los Angeles, CA Fil-Am elected mayor; another named to top judicial post
LOS ANGELES---Two Filipino-Americans have recently assumed top local government and state judicial posts in Los Angeles County.   Tzeitel Paras-Caracci has been elected mayor of the City of Duarte while Judge Rob Villeza has been appointed by California Governor Edmund Brown to the Los Angeles County Superior Court.   Duarte City council members voted unanimously to elect Paras-Caracci as mayor ...
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19, Dec 2014 - Gun victory: Fresno judge rejects delay to ending 10-day waiting period
Gun rights advocates intent on ending California’s 10-day firearm waiting period are hailing a decision by Fresno-based federal Judge Anthony W. Ishii that slaps down a delaying effort by state… Click to Continue »
19, Dec 2014 - Animal rights activists take California Rodeo Salinas to court
Animal rights activists have filed a lawsuit against a California rodeo, saying organizers should have reported dozens of cattle injured in roping contests. The Animal Legal Defense Fund said Thursday that it has filed a lawsuit against the California Rodeo Salinas, a century-old event held annually on California's Central Coast. The suit alleges rodeo officials for the last two years reported ...
19, Dec 2014 - Ackman Accused of Insider Trading in Allergan Shareholder Suit
Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management LP was only able to generate such outsized profits by “taking advantage of insider information provided by Valeant and acquiring a very significant stake in Allergan ahead of the broader market,” according to the federal court complaint in Santa Ana , California.
19, Dec 2014 - San Diego, CA San Diego jury awards woman $186 million in bias case against AutoZone
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A federal jury in California awarded nearly $186 million to a San Diego area woman who sued AutoZone Inc. saying she was demoted and fired after being told pregnant women can't do the job of managing a store, court records showed. The award on Monday by a six-person jury, which follows a two-week trial, includes $872,720 in compensatory damages and another ...
19, Dec 2014 - San Francisco, CA Black, Jewish and challenging ideas about the face of federation
When Ilana Kaufman, a program officer at the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, arrived at San Quentin State Prison for a meeting with the Jewish chaplain at California’s oldest correctional facility, the chaplain couldn’t seem to find her — even though Kaufman was standing in plain sight.
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