• Are autopsy reports public record? If so how do I obtain one?
    Yes, autopsy reports are public according to the medical examiner in Santa Clara under Callifornia state open records laws. This includes laboratory/toxicology reports. Where to request them depends on the county you’re requesting them from. Let’s take Santa Clara county, the first one that came up on my serps, it takes up to 3 to 6 months for completion, thereafter, you can submit your request for the report. There's number to call and check whether the report is completed or restricted (see The California Public Records Act (PRA), Government Code Sections 6250 to 6270). The cost for SC county is less than six dollars and takes about 2 weeks. Videos and photos taken by the coroner of the deceased body are not public and need a court order to obtain them.
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  • How can I get a copy of my discovery?
    There are circumstances where discovery can either be obtained by the public and other circumstances where they are not. Was the discovery introduced into evidence or filed in court? Or, was the discovery used as evidence, such as photos/images of a traffic violation by the police? Court hearings on discovery are presumed open to the public, however, discovery (that's not presented in court) such as document productions, interrogatories and depositions are not. You can check California law more, and specifically about discovery, there are other factors to consider before seeing whether it's open to the public. The rules are different for civil versus criminal, you will need to check how it applies to either separately.
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  • How can I find out when my court date is?
    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.
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  • How to find out what county and court house a 20 + yr old murder case was in?
    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.
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  • Can I view the arrest report from the night I went to jail?
    Go to their site and it will tell you how to request them. Defense attorneys usually order a copy also and can provide it to their client. The lapd's site for example tells you what you need to provide the clerk to request it. There are policies which with requirements when an attorney, or another person is requesting the police report, however, if it is of your own, the privacy issue doesn't exist. The process in which to get them is not the same from all departments, depends on the county or department which made the arrest.
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  • How to find records on a house?
    Depends on the type of records, simply a deed or ownership information the county recorders offices can give you copies. Another is scouring past sales which are lingering on the net. They will also list ownership and more. For LA, it is on Norwalk, you can walk in and request them or do it online for property records since 1850, their site says "Any member of the public can search and request real estate records". It may be worth the money, certified copies are six dollars and plain copies are five.
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  • I'm trying to find out where my boyfriend is in jail at so I can get in touch with him cuz I have all of his belongings?
    If you don't have the inmate number or location, you can do a name search on California's department of corrections website. These are generally post conviction. It will show the current locations, some even in other states such as Arizona show up. There's a direct link to the facility next to inmate's names. You can then navigate through the facility's site for contact information. For recent arrests or prior to conviction, arrest logs are published here or by location in various county sheriffs or police sites.
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  • How can I find out what I've been charged with, I have my booking number?
    Check with county logs, from LA, OC, San Diego to Sacramento. all you need to do is go directly to the police's website, then look for booking, jail, inmate or any other similar term link, then to where you can look up recent bookings
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  • How do I find my school records if I didn't graduate high school?
    I went back to my old school after a long time trying to get the diploma at an adult school and they still had my records, even though I didn't graduate and several years had passed.
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  • Looking for case number on traffic ticket?
    There are traffic citations issued by state highway patrol (CHP), county sheriffs and city police. In some counties, you can look up information online. It's whether that particular agency makes it accessible online or not. Within county webpages, there are instructions for public record copy requests, which includes traffic violations. Larger counties are more likely to have better public search services.
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  • How do I know if I have a arrest warrant out on me?
    County sheriffs departments publicly list warrants on their webpages, for example San Diego, Orange county. Sometimes it has it's own page from the county government such as the one in Napa, in other cases, the superior court's website will publish warrants (ex. Kern). Generally, these are county level records.
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  • How do I find out if someone has changed their last name?
    The California courts have a self help webpage on how to legally change a name. There's a part about filing the name change where it says "The clerk will stamp your forms with “Filed,” keep the original and return the copies to you", which means the clerk can provide copies. Also, in most cases, the "Order to Show Cause for Change of Name" form needs to be published in a newspaper. The court should have a list of the ones which publishes the legal notices. You can see more information about it on that page.
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  • Where are the divorce records kept?
    The county superior court where the divorce was filed.
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  • When is my court date?
    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.
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  • Can I obtain the police reports for my arrests?
    Have you tried to request the arrest report directly from the police department? Was there a defense attorney which may provide you (the client) a copy? Police departments have their own individual sites with a webpage explaining the process to request a police report. You can also see whether it will cost you anything since some departments don't charge the person arrested for the first copy.
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  • How can o find out the birthday of an inmate?
    The information that you will see when searching the California department of correction is a line that shows the inmate's age, in addition to the current location, admission date and cdcr number. The age is helpful before you look for the date of birth. If the person you are searching has a common name, the age will let you sort through the ones that are off from the current age. It will be able to narrow down and tell if you're looking at the right date of birth and person. Finding records is about digging them up all over the net, even at physical locations like the courthouse. Put the inmate search, birthday search and a people finders search all together and pinpoint the date if you can.
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  • Can I find out if a person has a criminal record in California?
    Unless you're requesting a statewide criminal records search from a paid service, you will then need to go to individual counties and look them up. For example the county courts in LA let you search criminal cases on the net. Go to the county search on top of this page and then click on the Los Angeles drop down menu. That will take you to the links list, and click on "Los Angeles County Court Records:", that will take you to a list of case searches you can do online. If you're not sure which counties to search, you can start with a people finders search that would show a list of addresses, present and past to search other areas/counties.
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  • I can't remember my attorney's name?
    If you don't have the lawsuit/case filing with the name on it, you can do a court records search under your own name, depending on which county, it can be free to the public.
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  • How can I find out if someone has a legal California drivers license?
    You can contact the dmv, but there are policies such as a minimum damage amount to qualify.
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  • How to find real estate liens?
    Do you know where or which county the real estate property is located? Land ownership documents are generally at county registrars office and legal filings at county courts.
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  • How do I find a California Divorce record if I don't know the county?
    You can try to conduct an address history search. Should be easier if the spouse’s name also appears in that search. The last address under both names is a good place to take a look.
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  • Looking for a police report online to see what is going on?
    Have you checked to see if the case has been filed in criminal court? If so, in which county? Orange, LA and few others have online case summaries freely open to the public. You can also request more court documents/case files online, but there will be a fee from the court, it's relatively low for the convenience you get. There are plenty of free databases out there, you can start by narrowing to which county/counties. If you can go to the courthouse even better, which is what a lot firms do by sending couriers to do it for them.
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  • How do I get up to date info on a suspect that is jail and I am the mother to the child that was injured?
    If you haven't already done so, California prisons have a free search. Search for: State of California Inmate Locator. Serps should have it on top. The first page that pops up should be the disclaimer. You will only need the last name, I was able to conduct a search with only first two letters. If you need to look into county jails, type in your search engine: "Search for an inmate online in the following counties". You should get a webpage from the state's website with a list of counties, from Alameda to Ventura. Each of these links take you to local jail searches within that county. LA and OC both have arrest logs, booking information and arrest reports you can request online. How old is the case and it's disposition? If it is recent, you can pull the case file from the court. How much do you know about the case?
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  • I'm trying to find info on a code section violated, code violated, disposition and case number for a past arrest. Where can I find this?
    Begin with the link to court records http://www.courts.ca.gov/ to find the local court and their records. The state of California publishes their 29 codes covering different subject areas. Simply search for: find California code and it should bring up the site which has the state constitution and statutes. There is a keyword search which is helpful for people not familiar with the search.
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  • If I have an address, where violence or disturbance of the peace, where police were called, would that be in public records?
    Try crme mapping, u can find them on some poliCe sites, or just do a serp search, does not include all agencies but it can help with many major areas
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  • Finding any records of divorce filed?
    You will need to look in the courthouse where the suit was filed. If you are not familiar with court filings, California's judicial branch has a webpage on the basics of filing and records including forms. Look for the self help tab and then go into the divorce or separation page. Under the same self help tab you will see "find court resources", that page will take you to individual superior/county courts and their online services, many counties (most likely not all) have case search openly available online.
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  • How can I find someone which shares the last name with a public figure?
    You have the same challenges as someone looking for a person with a common name, that so many others share. There are obvious ways to omit the wrong person, for example, middle name/initial, date of birth and location. When you are searching, it is a collective of the information which helps the most. A list of all past residences/addresses which come up under individuals is rarely identical and can be used to tell them apart. You will also pick up more information as your search goes on, and will eventually become easier to individualize seemingly similar records.
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  • How can if find old arrest records?
    Most arrests are made by the county sheriffs and city police departments. Once you know the location, you can look up the particular department online for their website. Then, you can look for their public information or records division and how far back they go, and if archived, where they are kept. Older records are generally easier to obtain. Articles are naturally the first place a research would look into. However, if you go to the county government’s website, you will be able to see where the archived records are kept. It’s helpful to know which area the arrest was, since you will be able to go directly to that specific county/department’s archives. Another important factor is whether the arrest resulted in a case being filed, which will allow you to look up court records, another avenue to the arrest information.
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  • I would like a copy of all of my public records in their entirety. Please let me know how to optain?
    You will need to request them from various departments and entities. For example, to get court records you will need to check the courts' online services and see if you can request them online. There are services that will go to the court and get them if it's not online. It's hard to imagine a single place or entity having everything.
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  • How to I find information about a body that may have been found in 2010 in a trunk next to the road in the Shell Creek Area?
    Try local periodicals, which can be found in libraries
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  • How can I find out DUI arrest information?
    A DUI arrest is similar to other arrests, their reports are made by the arresting officer, therefore the report would be requested from that department. The arresting department will often mention on their sites what you need to do to request it. If the arrest is recent, you may be able to see a line up of people in custody on many of the department’s site, such as the mug shot.
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  • Does he have any warrants for his arrest?
    Warrants are generally issued by the court, then given to the local police or sheriffs departments. If you are in a larger county such as San Diego for example, you will be able to do the warrants and arrest searches online openly using their department website directly.
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  • How do I find the owner for a specific property?
    In California, property information and copies of deeds can be requested from the county registrars/recorder in which the land is located. Different counties have different offices with its own sites. The property search webpage from the state will connect you to individual registrars offices. You can check and see if the particular county office has walk-ins where searches can be performed at their physical location in real time, just to view the information.
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  • I am staying in Tonga and I want my divorce certificate. How can I get it?
    Where was the divorce? In which county? Never heard of tonga! You can try the California department of Health, but they only accept mail in requests according to their site. You can look up a list of County Registrars and Recorders on the CDPH website and see where you can walk in and what to do about getting the record from either courts or recorders' offices.
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  • How could I find someone with only knowing their nickname from the "streets?"?
    By conducting an alias search, the doc and arrest information from places or the police department's inmate search. Former convicts that are on parole or released can also be searched. These various offenders lists descriptions of tattoos, appearance and known aliases. All these searches are free and can be done online from california's department of corrections and county/city jails.
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  • How can I get a report of my brother death?
    There are different kinds of documentation on a death, depending on if it is a natural death, expected death ie from an illness, an accidental death or a death due to criminal intent. Each have a distinct criteria of record keeping. You will need to know the county of the death, and go from there either contacting vital statistics to get a death certificate, the coroner for an autopsy report, or the investigating agency. Sorry for your loss. Also if the death is due to criminal intent, then contact the District Attorneys office for a number of the victim advocates office.
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  • Does the chp provide police reports?
    The CHP, provides collision reports with instructions through their site. The reports are available by mail or in person. You can obtain the report with only an approximate date and location.
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  • How do you find information for free on an individual with a criminal background?
    Free public records, whether criminal or other types, are scattered throughout the internet. Some of which you will able to find easily and others a simple SERP search is not going to be enough. California is a state which strives to stay ahead with technology, and its largest cities employ services with the help of the web. If you don't already know the different addresses under the person in which you are checking, a search of all residences will help with where to look for records not in the current location. Free searches do not jump out of the SERPs, to the contrary, many of them do not appear easily. When looking for free criminal records, a single site will not be able to show everything as small bits of information can be found in different sites. Criminal courts can be found online with their policy and services in order to request criminal case files. Police departments including the LAPD, LASD and many others have a free online arrest logs and inmate/in-custody searches with photos/mug shots. There may be databases with free criminal information known by others, by mentioning the area/county/city, there may be posts to help with searches you may have missed.
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  • How do I find out if anyone has died in my home California?
    Which city is it in? Local periodicals carry stories of their local area. The library closest to it may be able to be more help when it comes to these types of events. You can also look up on your own to see who the previous owners were and look up deaths by name and time. That will narrow the timeline to which publication to look up. Also, you can look up the law as to the what the seller’s responsibility was to inform the buyer and does it cover all owners. The sellers may have purchased the home from previous owners which disclosed of a death.
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  • How do I find out if I have a warrant?
    A majority of warrants are issued by a county judge/magistrate. Each have their own sites and policies in obtaining records (which can be identical). Warrants are also given to law enforcement for apprehension. Depends on the county, maybe a visitor can then post their personal experience requesting and obtaining warrant information.
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  • How can I find out if I have a warrant?
    Warrants are generally issued by the court/judge and then the police receive it and put it in their system. It's helpful to know where the warrant was issued out of, some police websites have a free search of their most wanted and larger cities in California have a warrant look up online.
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  • How do I find court dates and times for the person who assaulted me?
    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.
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  • How do I place documents on this public Record site?
    The information is provided from external independent sources, generally government sites which are custodians of public records. Public documents are recorded and maintained by numerous government agencies throughout California at various levels. Registrar offices in California counties record, maintain and provide copies of deeds, marriage certificates and many other documents. Public record sites serve as a directory to directly connect to departments and entities which provide a specific type of data or official documentation.
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  • My daughter was in a car accident in 2001. She is now 19 and three days ago her grandmother told her that there is large sum of money in a bank account for her as a result of the accident, but she wasn’t supposed to tell her. How can my daughter track this money with no info and knowing my grandmother wasn't supposed to tell her?
    Check the unclaimed property website in the state she was in the accident. It should be at the county clerks office as unclaimed property
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  • I'm trying to find an owner of a property?
    Deeds in California are maintained by county recorders offices (registrar-recorder-county clerk)across the state. To be specific as to how and where, you’ll need to mention the county. However, most have the same policies. Deeds can be requested and viewed as they are considered public record. The registrar’s office in Los Angeles, most likely the largest in California, does not provide an online search to the public, they recommend to visit the physical location in the city of Norwalk. Other counties such as Orange allows a public index search, which means you see minimal information and not the entire recorded deed. The index search for OC can only be conducted with a name, doc. type, doc. number or recording date.
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  • How can I get a copie of my arrest record,I need it for court?
    Since it is your own arrest record, you will be able to skip many of the privacy concerns in connection to the information released. The arresting police department probably has a website with a page regarding the process of obtaining a police report, which is a commonly requested document from law enforcement. Depending on the department, in some instances the individual arrested does not need to pay for the report. Most can be requested with a form online or mailing it in. The LAPD’s policy states that if the arrest occurred within six months, you can get it from the public defender or your own private attorney. When representing yourself, you can call the city attorney for misdemeanors (punishable by a year in prison or less) and the district attorney for felony cases (offenses punishable by more than a year of imprisonment). Policies vary from one county/city to another. It is important to know which department or where the arrest occurred to be specific, however, the Los Angeles model may be the resemble or close to resembling the other agency records department’s process.
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  • HOW DO I GET THE TRANSCRIPTS FROM A TRIAL HELD ON 7/10/2013 TO 7/13/2013 FROM MY TRIAL?
    Court procedures, cost and policy can vary from one venue to another, however, court transcripts are public record and available to request by anyone. To answer it specifically, one would have to know which court it was in. Generally, you will need information which you probably already have or can get with a case search. You will need to know the name of the court reporter, case number, date of proceeding and name of judge or department. For Riverside county court, a form is provided for the public to use and request the transcripts online or by mail. The court reporter’s name can be found in the minute order for that hearing date.
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  • Arrests for felony DUI in 2012?
    Arrest records are generally requested from the police department which made the arrest. If looking for 2012 stats from the LAPD, the archives page shows up to the year 2011, too recent to be listed there. The tab which takes you to 'year in review' will have the 2012 annual report and crime statistics summary which goes up to 2013.
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  • How can I removed my public record?
    All records do not come from the same place, some may have common providers, but there’s not a single place that has all the records, therefore, no one place can eliminate them. There may be services which do that, or claim to do so. If you find the source, you will see what you need to remove or strike erroneous data. Once the record/information is out from the initial source, it can take a life of its own and go to many other databanks or work in conjunction with other data. Removal of information and its procedures is specific to the type of record and its custodians or departments.
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  • California public records act and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)?

    Open public record and meeting statutes, sunshine laws, freedom of information act are just a few ways to describe the same thing, the right to request and obtain copies from the government. Although the federal government was not the first to face transparency issues, when the federal freedom of information act passed, many states modeled their laws after the federal government's.

    As states pass their own public records and open meetings laws, some are more favorable toward transparency and others privacy. However, these statutes are amended to meet new technologies for methods of obtaining information. An example of this scenario is when there were debate regarding government employee emails and whether this type of information is subject to disclosure.

    Statutes are now better in tune with technology. There have been many statutes passed in recent years to better serve the public’s need, specially when there’s an investigation into a government department. The California Public Records Act (CPRA) was passed 1968 by the state's voters and more recently proposition 59 in 2004. Groups, organizations and concerned citizens feel that open records promotes government accountability. These laws have many agencies appointing a public information officer in charge of requests.

    When requestors believe that the agency is in violation of public record laws, they go to court. Many of these cases set a precedence for related upcoming issues. There are many gray areas, but the public information officers role is not to determine whether or not open records laws apply.

    Here are a few organizations: National Freedom of Information Coalition, First Amendment Coalition in San Rafael, Californians Aware in Carmichael, CA, First Amendment Project.

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