Please note that the Judicial Council of California does not provide legal advice or interpret the law. If you need legal assistance, have a question regarding a traffic citation or a particular case, or have a complaint about a judge or an attorney, review the Frequently Asked Questions below, or visit our FAQs page where you will find additional information on many court-related issues.
The following information must be obtained from your local trial court:
Please contact the clerk's office at the court where your case or record was originally filed.
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A: You may find instructions on where to order a copy of your birth certificate or a death certificate at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/howto/w2w/californ.htm.
A: You must contact the clerk's office at the court where your case was filed. You may find all court phone numbers, street addresses, and website addresses here.
A: To find information about cases for the California Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and some Superior Courts, visit the courts section.
You may find information on some Supreme Court and appellate cases at http://appellatecases.courtinfo.ca.gov/ Please note that not all cases are available online.
For courts that do not post filings online, contact the clerk's office at the court of jurisdiction. Contact information for all California courts can be found a here.
If you are seeking information on a case older than 120 days you may consider visiting your local law library, which should have access to computer-assisted research systems (e.g., Lawdesk, Lexis, Westlaw, Findlaw). A law librarian should be able to assist you. You can find information about your local public law library at: http://www.cccll.org/cccll-cll.htm.
A: The Judicial Council of California and the Administrative Office of the Courts do not maintain criminal histories. While individual court records usually are public, criminal histories are generally confidential. Penal Code sections 11105 and 13330 limit access to criminal histories. Criminal statistics and access to criminal histories for research purposes may be allowed.
A: All matters concerning the performance of California state judges should be directed to the Commission on Judicial Performance. You may find information about the commission at http://cjp.ca.gov/.
A: We do not have information on your specific citation. You must contact the clerk's office at the court that issued the citation. To locate a traffic court, click here.
A: We cannot provide legal advice on individual cases. You may find information on how to file for divorce here.
Should you need further assistance, you may consider seeking professional legal help. Click here to find an introduction to the people in your area who can help you find legal information.
Click here to find the family law facilitator in your county. If the family law facilitator cannot help you, he or she may be able to refer you to someone in your county that can provide assistance.
If you wish to do further research on your own, you may want to visit your local law or public library. You can find information about the law library in your county at: http://www.publiclawlibrary.org/.
Should you need further assistance, consider seeking professional legal help and using the following resources:
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