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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28, Jan 2015 - California man pleads guilty to smuggling dying immigrants in trunk
Nicholas George Zakov, 43, admitted that he acted with "extreme disregard" for the lives of the two Mexican citizens he was being paid to smuggle into the United States, court documents showed. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found 28-year-old Tarcisio Casas-Blanco and 20-year-old Jose Quiroz-Casas, both of Guanajato, in the trunk of a 2012 Dodge Challenger.
28, Jan 2015 - Brownsville, CA In immigration news: CA driver's licenses, anti-executive action lawsuit, half of federal arres
The new AB 60 driver's licenses are marked with the words "Federal Limits Apply." More than 25,000 immigrants without legal status in the U.S. have already received California licenses under the new law.
28, Jan 2015 - Federal judge strikes down Alabama laws banning same-sex marriage
U.S. District Callie V.S. Granade ruled in favor of two Mobile women who sued to challenge Alabama’s refusal to recognize their marriage performed in California
28, Jan 2015 - San Mateo, CA Authorities charge inmate with 1976's 'Gypsy Hill' murders
Northern California prosecutors have charged an Oregon prison inmate with two counts of murders connected to a string of serial killings of young woman that terrified the region during the first four months of 1976.
28, Jan 2015 - Federal judge makes foie gras sales legal in California
By Lisa Baertlein (Reuters) - Foie gras is back on the menu in California, after a federal judge on Wednesday struck down the state's controversial law banning the production and sale of the culinary delicacy that comes from the enlarged livers of ducks and geese that have been force-fed corn. While some California chefs planned to celebrate the return of fatty duck liver, animal rights ...
28, Jan 2015 - Convicted 'eco-terrorist' says female informant ensnared him
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man who was convicted of masterminding a plot to blow up two federal facilities and had his 20-year sentence cut short because prosecutors failed to turn over all their evidence to defense lawyers says he was entrapped by a female FBI informant for whom he harbored romantic feelings.
28, Jan 2015 - Judge Orders California To Make Timely Decisions On Medicaid Coverage
A California judge has ruled that the state must make timely decisions on Medi-Cal applicants, and that those who have waited more than 45 days for approval from the state can get temporary coverage.
28, Jan 2015 - Supreme Court keeps in place protections for California's delta smelt
The Supreme Court on Monday kept in place environmental orders in California that protect the endangered delta smelt and limit the pumping of river water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
28, Jan 2015 - Judge orders foie gras be allowed in California: A chef's world after all?
The 2012 foie gras ban in California went too far in trying to micro-regulate USDA-approved ingredients, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Unless the state appeals, gourmands have won the battle of the fattened duck, at least for now.
28, Jan 2015 - Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney Jeremy Lessem Named to 2015 List of Super Lawyers®
Attorney Jeremy Lessem - Partner at the law firm of Lessem & Newstat, LLP - has been selected to the annual list of Southern California Super Lawyers® for the second consecutive year. (PRWeb January 23, 2015) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/01/prweb12468421.htm
28, Jan 2015 - In post-prison interview, man convicted in eco-terror plot says FBI informant entrapped him
A Northern California man who was convicted of masterminding a plot to blow up two federal facilities and had his 20-year sentence cut short because prosecutors failed to turn over all their evidence to defense lawyers says he was entrapped by a female FBI informant for whom he harbored romantic feelings.
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28, Jan 2015 - San Francisco, CA Convicted eco-terrorist freed; government failed to disclose evidence
SAN FRANCISCO — A Northern California man described by federal officials as an anarchist and eco-terrorist intent on blowing up government and commercial buildings was set free after nine years in prison when the government conceded that evidence in the case was never turned over to his defense attorney. U.S. ...
28, Jan 2015 - Newhall, CA High Court Depublishes Ruling on Sex Assault Defense
The California Supreme Court has left standing a ruling of this district’s Court of Appeal that an insurer had no duty to defend a massage therapist, in a suit by a client who claimed to have been sexually assaulted during a massage, but ordered depublication of the opinion.
28, Jan 2015 - Is pot as bad as LSD? Heroin? Judge to rule on 1970 law
In a rare examination of federal marijuana law, a U.S. judge in Northern California has decided to rule on the constitutionality of a 1970 act that classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug akin to LSD and heroin.
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