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 state Supreme Court, as well as the Judicial Council of California (the Council).

The Council makes identifiable judicial administrative records available to receive and/or for inspection upon request unless the records are exempt from disclosure.

If you would like to request judicial administrative records maintained by the appellate courts or the Council, you are invited to submit a request by completing the Request for Judicial Administrative Records form and sending it by email, U.S. mail, by fax, or by telephone. Submitting a request in an alternate format may delay processing of your request. Individuals with disabilities may make requests in alternate formats. More information regarding accessibility issues as well as accommodations for individuals with disabilities, or those experiencing technical difficulties, can be found on our website by clicking this link.

Please note: the Council does NOT maintain records or documents related to specific cases filed in the courts of California. You will need to contact the court in which the record was originally filed to get this information. Documents or information held by the courts are as follows:

  • Divorce records
  • Court case records (e.g. opinions, briefs, complaints, filings)
  • Traffic tickets and other traffic violations
  • Jury service information or assistance
  • Probate-related records, including estates, conservatorships, and wills
  • Name change records

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

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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Public Access to Judicial Administrative Records (PAJAR)
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San Francisco, CA 94102-3688

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E-mail: PAJAR@jud.ca.gov

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