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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02, Sep 2014 - Baltimore man gets 28 years for drug dealing
A Baltimore man has been sentenced to more than 28 years in prison for shipping cocaine in hollow computer shells from California to Maryland.
02, Sep 2014 - Susanville, CA Special prosecutor named in Northern California cop killing case
SUSANVILLE -- A special prosecutor has been named in the trial of a man charged in the killing of his girlfriend's husband, who was a police officer in Northern California.
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02, Sep 2014 - Opponents of high-speed rail project petition California Supreme Court
Opponents of California's controversial $68 billion high-speed rail project petitioned the California Supreme Court on Tuesday, arguing a court of appeals decision ignored the financial protections of voters. The plaintiffs, which include a farmer, a landowner and Kings County, requested the state's Supreme Court examine an earlier appeals court decision that allowed municipal bonds to fund high ...
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A Los Angeles County man who recorded himself molesting his 3-month-old son has been sentenced to nearly 21 years in federal prison.
02, Sep 2014 - Pizza chain sued over healthcare for gay couples
By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A former trainee manager at Little Caesars pizza in California sued the company for discrimination on Wednesday, accusing the Detroit-based chain of denying employees health insurance benefits for their legally wed same-sex spouses. The lawsuit was brought in state Superior Court in Orange County, regional headquarters for the nation's third-largest ...
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Spurred by faculty and staff outrage over the refusal by two Catholic universities to pay for elective abortions, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration on Friday announced that health insurance companies in the state can no longer deny coverage for these procedures. California's Department of Managed Health Care, which oversees HMOs, issued letters to seven insurance companies saying refusing to pay ...
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02, Sep 2014 - California to appeal federal court ruling striking down state's death penalty
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02, Sep 2014 - California governor reverses parole for Charles Manson associate Bruce Davis
California Gov. Jerry Brown has reversed a parole board decision and denied the release of Bruce Davis — a former associate of Charles Manson and a convicted murderer himself. “I find the evidence shows that he currently poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison,” Brown said in his decision released Friday night. […]
02, Sep 2014 - San Jose, CA U.S. judge rejects Apple bid for injunction against Samsung
Apple won a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung earlier this year over three Apple patents. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, on Wednesday denied Apple's request to stop Samsung from selling infringing features on its smartphones related to those patents. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.
02, Sep 2014 - Baltimore Man Gets 28 Years For Cocaine Trafficking
A Baltimore man has been sentenced to more than 28 years in prison for shipping cocaine in hollow computer shells from California to Maryland.
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