Courts in California
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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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A California court said Friday that yoga classes taught at an elementary school do not violate students' right to religious freedom, after parents complained Hindu and Buddhist doctrines were being promoted. The parents of two students at an Encinitas district school near San Diego said the yoga classes, which were taught as part of the school's physical education curriculum, infringed on their ...
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California officials are expected to consider parole Thursday for a follower of cult leader Charles Manson who has spent 45 years in prison and been denied supervised release 17 times.
13, Mar 2015 - Los Angeles, CA Manson 'family' cult member to receive parole hearing in California
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04, Mar 2015 - Court: Sex offender housing restrictions unconstitutional
By Lydia O’Connor, Huffington Post The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that a state law barring sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park is unconstitutional. The ruling immediately affects only San Diego County, where the case originated, the San Francisco Chronicle reported, but will “almost certainly apply to other densely […]
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Weintraub Tobin, one of California's leading full service law firms, announced that Jo Dale Carothers has joined the firm as a shareholder and will head the firm's Intellectual Property group. She will ...
14, Jan 2015 - Roman Polanski Seeks Hearing to Close Statutory Rape Case
Director Roman Polanski‘s lawyer filed a legal document with a Los Angeles County Superior Court seeking a hearing to close his four-decade-old sex abuse case. Massachusetts lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz, who also asked permission to represent Polanski in California, alleges prosecutors provided false information in a recent extradition attempt of Polanski, and a Superior Court judge had a secret ...
17, Nov 2014 - Concealed gun ruling stands: Decision striking down California concealed gun rules to take effect u
A ruling that greatly loosened California's rules for carrying concealed firearms came closer to taking effect Wednesday, as an appeals court denied bids by California's Attorney General, a gun-control group and two police groups to join the case.
12, Oct 2014 - Alameda, CA California golf coach sentenced to 27 years for abusing 3 students, plotting to kill them
A popular northern California golf teacher convicted of molesting his students and plotting to kill them from jail has been sentenced to 27 years in state prison.
12, Oct 2014 - U.S. judge orders Arizona to recognize gay couple's marriage
A federal judge on Friday ordered Arizona to recognize the California marriage of a gay man whose spouse died from cancer last month, a ruling that could foreshadow a decision on the state's same-sex marriage ban. District Judge John Sedwick ruled that Arizona must prepare a death certificate for George Martinez that lists him as being married and names partner Fred McQuire as the surviving ...
12, Oct 2014 - Fresno, CA Jury Awards $3.5 Million in Fresno Wrongful Death Case
FRESNO, Calif., Oct. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A jury in the Superior Court of Fresno County, California, returned a $3.5 million verdict today in favor of the family of Amarjit Khunkhun, who died in March 2010 in a truck fire that occurred on 1-40 W near San Jon, New Mexico.  A transmission leak caused the fire underneath the cab of the truck that Khunkhun had been driving. The truck was owned by ...
12, Oct 2014 - Gov. Jerry Brown signs California gun restriction
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12, Oct 2014 - Fitch: Stockton Bankruptcy Ruling Opens Door to Pension Cuts
A federal judge's verbal ruling yesterday that Stockton's payments to the California Public Employees' Retirement System may be impaired is consistent with our view of pension liabilities in the bankruptcy of a municipality, Fitch Ratings says.
12, Oct 2014 - Former CHP officer's conviction of lewd act stricken on appeal
A federal appeals court has overturned the conviction of a former California Highway Patrol lieutenant found guilty of attempting a lewd act on a child. Stephen Robert Deck, 54, was sentenced to a year in jail and five years’ probation in 2009...
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