Terms of Use

These Terms of Use govern your access to and use of the California Courts website ("Website"), as well as the information and materials on this Website, including but not limited to any court-related or case-related information (collectively, the "Content"). By accessing or using this Website, you agree that you have read, understood, and accept these Terms of Use. If you do not accept these Terms of Use, you may not access or use this Website or the Content.   This Website is operated by the Judicial Council of California.


Restrictions on Access and Use 

In accessing or using this Website and the Content, you agree to comply with these Terms of Use as well as applicable laws, rules (including but not limited to the California Rules of Court), regulations, and court orders. This Website and the Content are protected by applicable copyrights, and other proprietary and intellectual property rights. You do not acquire any ownership rights in the Content or this Website. You may download publicly-available Content on this Website only for your personal, non-commercial use, provided that: (i) you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices; and (ii) if your copying or use of copyrighted materials on this Website is other than "fair use" under federal copyright laws, you must seek permission directly from the copyright holder.
 
Your access to and use of this Website and the Content may be terminated at any time without notice. You may not do any of the following:

  1. violate any copyrights, and other proprietary or intellectual property rights in this Website or the Content;
  2. engage in any data mining, or use "bots" or similar data gathering and extraction tools or methods  in connection with this Website or the Content;
  3. decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, lease, sell, distribute, or reproduce this Website; 
  4. transmit, post, or otherwise make available: (a) content that is unlawful, false, inaccurate, harmful, obscene, or otherwise objectionable, including but not limited to any content that infringes on any intellectual property right or proprietary right; (b) viruses, Trojan horses or other harmful programs or material; or (c) advertising or promotional materials, "spam," or any other form of solicitation;
  5. misrepresent your affiliation with or impersonate any person or entity; 
  6. interfere with or disrupt this Website, or attempt to circumvent this Website's security features;
  7. remove or modify any copyright notices, other proprietary notices, or references to these Terms of Use in the Content or on this Website; or
  8. misrepresent the Content or this Website, or misinform others about the origin or ownership of the Content or this Website.

If you establish an account on this Website, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your user ID and password, and you are responsible for all activities that occur under your password or user ID. You agree to: (i) log out from your account at the end of each session; and (ii) immediately notify websitefeedback@jud.ca.gov of any unauthorized use of your password or user ID or any other breach of security. 

You are responsible for all content that you transmit or otherwise make available to this Website. Your access to and use of this Website may be monitored, including but not limited to, for the purpose of identifying illegal or unauthorized activities.

Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability

THIS WEBSITE AND THE CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS," "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO ERRORS, INACCURACIES OR OMISSIONS.

THE JUDICIAL BRANCH OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY SUPERIOR COURT, ANY COURT OF APPEAL, THE SUPREME COURT, THE JUDICIAL COUNCIL OF CALIFORNIA, AND THEIR OFFICIALS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS AND AGENTS (COLLECTIVELY, THE "JUDICIAL BRANCH ENTITIES") MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES REGARDING THIS WEBSITE OR THE CONTENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THEIR COMPLETENESS, ACCURACY, TIMELINESS, NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD-PARTY RIGHTS, OR FREEDOM FROM COMPUTER VIRUSES. YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THIS WEBSITE AND THE CONTENT ARE AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE JUDICIAL BRANCH ENTITIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES), LOSSES, CLAIMS OR LIABILITY, KNOWN OR UNKNOWN (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE OR DATA), ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF (OR INABILITY TO USE) THIS WEBSITE, THE CONTENT, ANY THIRD-PARTY SITE LINKED TO THIS WEBSITE, OR ANY ERROR, OMISSION, INTERRUPTION, DEFECT, DELAY, COMPUTER VIRUS, THEFT, DESTRUCTION, DAMAGE TO COMPUTER SYSTEMS, OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS.  

Linking and Third Parties 

This Website may include links to third-party sites, such as social media and file-sharing sites to distribute our content. When you access these sites, you are subject to third-party terms of use and privacy/security policies, which we recommend that you review. The Judicial Branch Entities are not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, legality, practices, or availability of linked sites (including any related services, content, software applications, and other technologies). In addition, the Judicial Branch Entities are not responsible for any interruption of services, malfunctions, or security breaches involving these third-party sites. References or links in this Website to any commercial products or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name do not constitute endorsement by any Judicial Branch Entity. As a general practice, we do not allow placement of links on this website to commercial (e.g., .com) entities.

General

These Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement with respect to your access to and use of this Website and the Content. If any provision of these Terms of Use is unlawful, void or unenforceable, then that provision will be deemed severable from the remaining provisions and will not affect their validity and enforceability. The failure by a Judicial Branch Entity to enforce any provision in these Terms of Use will not constitute or be construed as a waiver of such provision or of the right to enforce it at a later time. California law, without regard to conflict of laws provisions, will govern these Terms of Use and any matter or dispute arising out of this Website or the Content. The state and federal courts located in San Francisco, California will have exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute relating to these Terms of Use, this Website or the Content. The Judicial Council of California may change these Terms of Use from time to time by posting a new version on this Website. Your continued use of or access to this Website after such changes constitutes acceptance of such changes. The Judicial Branch Entities will have the right to use for any purpose, free of charge, all information or content submitted via this site except those submissions made under separate legal contract. This Website and the Content do not constitute legal advice, and no attorney-client relationship is formed. 

If you have any questions about these Terms of Use, please Contact Us using our Website Feedback Form. Please do not, however, ask for legal advice or specific information about a case. If you need information about a particular case, please contact the court that has jurisdiction over it.

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