Access to Judicial Administrative Records

Effective January 1, 2010, rule 10.500 of the California Rules of Court set forth comprehensive public access provisions applicable to judicial administrative records maintained by state trial and appellate courts, the Judicial Council, and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).

The AOC makes identifiable judicial administrative records available for inspection upon request unless the records are exempt from disclosure.

The Administrative Office of the Courts does not maintain criminal histories, records or documents related to specific cases filed in the Superior Courts of California. Contact the Superior Court in which the record was originally filed to get this information.

If you would like to request judicial administrative records maintained by the appellate courts, the Judicial Council, or the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), you are invited to submit a request by completing a Request for Judicial Administrative Records form and sending it by fax, e-mail or U.S. mail. Submitting a request in alternate formats may delay processing of your request. Individuals with disabilities may make requests in alternate formats.

Please note: the AOC does not maintain records or documents related to specific cases filed in the superior courts of California such as-

  • Powers of attorney;
  • Divorce decrees;
  • Criminal records;
  • Criminal case histories;
  • Complaints, other pleadings or judgments;
  • Traffic tickets; or
  • Information on specific cases.


Contact the superior court in which the record was originally filed to inspect case files.

Each superior court also maintains its own administrative records. Please request a court's judicial administrative records directly from the court. Instructions on requesting documents or access in alternate formats can be found on each local website. Click to quickly access court websites.

For more information on the history and adoption of rule 10.500, please review: Public Access to Judicial Administrative Records (adopt Cal. Rules of Court, rules 10.500 and 10.501; repeal rule 10.802; and amend rule 10.803), December 7, 2009.

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Administrative Office of the Courts
Court Programs and Services Division
Public Access to Records Project
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102-3688

Ph: 415-865-7796
Fax: 415-865-4330
TTY: 415-865-4272
E-mail: pubinfo@jud.ca.gov

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