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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16, Apr 2014 - Former Maker Studios Chief Seeks to Halt Vote on Disney Sale
Danny Zappin and three other co-founders of Maker yesterday asked California state court judge in Los Angeles to block the April 15 vote because, they said, the notice to shareholders is misleading. They had sought a hearing as early as today. No hearing was held today, according to court staff.
16, Apr 2014 - Judge orders limits on use of pepper spray on mentally ill inmates
A federal judge calls the state's use of large amounts of pepper spray on mentally ill prisoners a 'horrific violation' of their constitutional rights. SACRAMENTO — A federal judge Thursday called California's use of large amounts of pepper spray on mentally ill prisoners a "horrific violation" of their constitutional rights and ordered restrictions on the use of the chemical agent.
16, Apr 2014 - Titleholder Garcia files suit against Top Rank
Junior lightweight titleholder Miguel Angel "Mikey" Garcia, declaring that his promotional agreement with Top Rank is illegal and also expired, sued the company in California State Court in Riverside County on April 8.
16, Apr 2014 - Police: GPS helped solve, didn't deter California killings
SANTA ANA, Calif. — GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have done more to prevent the crimes in the first place.
15, Apr 2014 - Los Angeles, CA Southern California bank robbers who threw loot out window during chase are sentenced
LOS ANGELES — Two Southern California bank robbers who threw the loot out a car window during a police chase have been sentenced to long prison terms.
15, Apr 2014 - Warring Pacifica factions take up court battle as financial woes mount
The ongoing standoff over Pacifica’s leadership reached the California courts last week, opening what could become a protracted legal battle over the Pacifica Foundation board of directors’ decision to fire executive director Summer Reese.
15, Apr 2014 - Judge: California mistreating mentally ill inmates - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News,
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge ruled Thursday that California's treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment through excessive use of pepper spray and isolation.
15, Apr 2014 - Judge: California mistreating mentally ill inmates
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Thursday that California's treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment through excessive use of pepper spray and isolation.
15, Apr 2014 - Santa Monica, CA Consumers seek to raise California cap on malpractice awards
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Consumer advocates in California said on Monday they had gathered enough signatures to place an initiative on the November ballot that would raise a decades-old state cap on medical malpractice awards to $1.1 million. The proposed initiative, backed by trial lawyers and the Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog, would more than quadruple the ...
15, Apr 2014 - Greenberg Traurig’s Ian C. Ballon and Susan L. Heller Selected as Top Intellectual Property Lawye
Greenberg Traurig’s Ian C. Ballon and Susan L. Heller Selected as Top Intellectual Property Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal (PRWeb April 10, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11753424.htm
15, Apr 2014 - San Diego, CA Ayuyu wants to travel to Calif. 1st before serving his sentence
Former senator Juan M. Ayuyu has asked the federal court to allow him to travel at his own expense to San Diego, California, where his daughter lives, prior to serving his 41-month prison term.
15, Apr 2014 - FBI: California state senator took bribes
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Court documents say a California state senator or members of his campaign staff accepted at least $42,800 in cash or campaign contributions from undercover FBI agents in exchange for carrying out the agents' specific requests.
15, Apr 2014 - Daughter of Iraqi-American man cross-examined at California murder trial
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - An Iraqi-American man charged with murdering his wife in their California home in what was first investigated as a hate crime heard testimony from his daughter on Friday that showed deep conflict within the family. Kassim Alhimidi, 49, who prosecutors accuse of beating his wife to death, possibly with a tire iron, glared at his daughter during cross ...
15, Apr 2014 - Santa Monica, CA Consumer advocates seek to raise California cap on medical malpractice awards
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15, Apr 2014 - San Mateo County, CA Fil-Am Daly City councilor has eye on Superior Court seat
• Daly City councilor will be first Fil-Am judge in San Mateo County’s Superior Court if he wins June 3 election • He is a practicing attorney with 20 years of trial experience • Has the backing of current mayor and a number of Council colleagues   DALY CITY, California -- Incumbent Daly City councilmember Rey Buenaventura launched his bid for a San Mateo County Superior Court judge’s seat with ...
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