California Court Records

About California Court Record Searches

California Court Records:
In the State of California are state courts and federal courts, both with their own appellate courts of review.

State Courts in California:
The Trial Courts:
In California are Superior Courts. They are responsible for handling all criminal matters, civil cases over $5000 in controversy, appeals of small claims cases, appeals of infractions and misdemeanor cases. (There are also Small Claims Courts which handle cases involving less than $5000 in controversy.)

Courts of Appeal in California:
Superior Court:
Cases may be sent to the California Court of Appeals.

Appellate Courts:
Generally review cases to determine if there has been a mistake in law at the Trial Court level and if such mistake impacted the outcome of the case. In California there are six appellate districts, each consisting of a panel of justices:
  • First Appellate District - San Francisco
  • Second Appellate District - Los Angeles
  • Third Appellate District - Sacramento
  • Fourth Appellate District - San Diego
  • Fifth Appellate District - Fresno
  • Sixth Appellate District - San Jose

California Supreme Court:
As the highest court in the state, the California Supreme Court has authority to review all trials decided by the Courts of Appeal and also can directly handle certain cases such as death penalty cases and disciplinary matters involving judges. The California Supreme Court consists of seven justices, one Chief Justice, and six Associate Justices.

Federal Courts:
In addition to State Courts, there is a federal court system that generally handles cases involving questions of federal law and matters involving diversity jurisdiction. United States District Courts are the trial courts. United States Courts of Appeal are the first line of appellate courts; hearing matters appealed from the trial courts.

United States Supreme Court:
The U.S. Supreme Court, which is made up of nine justices, is the final court of appeals in the nation. It handles cases appealed from U.S. Courts of Appeal. It also handles cases appealed from any state supreme court.

Questions, Answers and Comments About California Court Records

  • Question: How can I find out an upcoming court date?
    By Adria
    Jan 11, 2018

    Check the calendar for that specific court. They're free and open online to the public.

    By abc123
    Jan 11, 2018
  • Question: Would like to check out my court records for tax lines and creditor debts to fix my TRW.
    By Richard
    Jun 07, 2017

    You can begin your search by checking the case finder above that's open to the public. You can choose the case type, bankruptcy, civil, criminal or all case type. You can search private companies involved with lawsuits by looking up keywords associated with its name(s).

    By adam12
    Jul 14, 2017
  • Question: How can I get a copy of court minutes of car accident in 2000?
    By Lizz
    Nov 05, 2016

    You can reach the court for transcripts, without knowing specifically which county, it's hard to tell exactly what is required. There are other similar questions which have been answered and can give you a good idea of how and where they are requested.

    By adamwest
    Nov 16, 2016
  • Question: How can I find out when my court date is?
    By Irene
    Jul 01, 2016

    Court calendars are publicly open online. You can use the link http://www.courts.ca.gov/ from there select superior court and the county. Once you're on the county court's page, you will see a portal to civil or criminal calendars, sometime as a link as in the county of San Bernardino or drop down menu as in the case of San Diego county. You can also view some details about the case and parties.

    By adm
    Jul 04, 2016
  • Question: How to find out what county and court house a 20 + yr old murder case was in?
    By Shannon
    Jun 02, 2016

    Depends on how much you know about the case already, names of defendants, victims, and other factors. Even the name of the attorney can help as you can see where they practice online. That will tell you where/which court to look into.

    By a1
    Jun 13, 2016
  • Question: When is my court date?
    By Robert
    Feb 01, 2016

    In which county? Most cases are in county superior courts in CA. Court calendars should be open to the public, some will make it easy and put it online.

    By a1
    Feb 02, 2016
  • Question: How do I find court dates and times for the person who assaulted me
    By jesicole
    Apr 09, 2015

    Court calendars will show upcoming cases set for trial. County courts in California have judicial webpages and services. Take LA for example, there’s free access to the upcoming cases by city. Searches can be conducted by name, case number, hearing date or location. Cases can be looked up sixty days back. The information you will be able to see viewing the criminal court calendar is the judicial district the case is being heard, case number, party/criminal defendant name, arrest date, court house location, department, hearing time and type of hearing. The civil court calendar shows the date of hearing, time, event, case number, title and file date. There is no limit to the number of searches you can conduct, it is a free access service from the county court.

    By adm
    Apr 09, 2015