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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26, Oct 2014 - Los Angeles, CA California atheist jailed over objections to faith-based recovery gets $2 million settlement
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26, Oct 2014 - Los Angeles, CA Court orders American Indian casino in California to stay closed after standoff
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A federal court on Wednesday ordered an American Indian casino in California to remain closed over public safety concerns tied to an armed standoff that occurred last week between two tribal factions at the establishment, officials said. The order by U.S. District Judge Lawrence O'Neill of the Eastern District of California is expected to keep the ...
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25, Oct 2014 - California Supreme Court declines to hear appeal of bullet train case; project to go forward
The California Supreme Court decided Wednesday not to consider an appeal of a case brought by opponents of the state's $68 billion bullet train project, clearing the way for construction to proceed.
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