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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20, Oct 2014 - Orange, CA Baseball Behind Bars: A Tradition At San Quentin State Prison
The San Francisco Giants clinched their spot in the MLB playoffs this week. At San Quentin State Prison in California, another Giants team has already played their championship game. George Lavender travels to San Quentin to tell the story.
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A California pit bull owner whose dogs fatally mauled a woman has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
20, Oct 2014 - Gay-Marriage Cases Rejected as Supreme Court Leaves Uncertainty
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20, Oct 2014 - Judge sets bond in heroin trafficking case
A federal magistrate on Monday set a $25,000 bond for a California man charged with heroin trafficking last month after an investigator found more than 7 pounds of the drug during a traffic stop on Interstate 40.
20, Oct 2014 - Man Arrested after I-84 Shootings Sentenced on Counterfeit Credit Cards, Firearm Charge
BOISE | A California man arrested in Wendell after reports of shots fired into vehicles on Interstate 84 was sentenced Monday on counterfeit credit card and firearm charges.
20, Oct 2014 - Vallejo, CA Lawyer warns of 60 percent pension cuts in Stockton bankruptcy case
Employees of the bankrupt California city of Stockton could be forced to take a 60 percent pension cut if a federal judge rejects its reorganization plan, a lawyer for the city said Wednesday in a case that could clarify who gets paid first by financially strapped cities around the nation -- retirement funds or creditors.
20, Oct 2014 - San Diego, CA Kidnapping gang's leader gets 12 life terms
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The convicted leader of a Mexican drug gang that killed and kidnapped people in Southern California has been sentenced to a dozen life sentences without chance of parole.
20, Oct 2014 - AGRIBUSINESS: Northey – Avoid Trade War Over California Egg Law
On January 1, California will ban some shell eggs and that includes a lot of Iowa eggs. In the controversial case, if shell eggs are not produced under California’s guidelines, they are banned. Producers in states like Iowa must change their facilities or lose a significant market. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and the attorneys general of […]
20, Oct 2014 - California high court declines appeal of rail case
SACRAMENTO — 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, delivering a crucial ruling that allows construction to go ahead as planned.
20, Oct 2014 - Cooper touts local experience
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20, Oct 2014 - San Diego, CA Supreme Court to consider reinstating death sentence in 1985 triple murder in San Diego
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will consider reinstating the conviction and death sentence for a California man in a 29-year-old triple murder in San Diego.
20, Oct 2014 - San Diego, CA Kidnap gang's leader gets 12 life terms
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The leader of a Mexican drug gang that killed and kidnapped people in Southern California has been sentenced to a dozen life sentences without chance of parole.
20, Oct 2014 - US top court to hear 1985 California death penalty case
Washington (AFP) - The US Supreme Court said Monday it will consider reinstating a three-decade-old death sentence handed down to a Hispanic man by an all-white jury in California.
20, Oct 2014 - Vallejo, CA Federal Ruling On Bankruptcy Exit Plan For Stockton Could Happen Soon
A federal judge could rule Wednesday on a bankruptcy exit plan for Stockton, the largest city in California to file for Chapter 9 protection.
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