Californians have the right under the state Public Records Act and the California Constitution to access public information maintained by local and state government agencies, including the Department of Justice. The following are guidelines for accessing public, pdf records maintained by the California Department of Justice. To obtain records of another agency, please contact the agency directly.
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).
Search Court Records The Riverside Superior Court’s Public Access is intended to assist the public in accessing available case data without having to visit the courthouse. This site allows you to access the Riverside Superior Court case information via a secure web server.
Accessing Court Case Files. Court case files are public records and subject to public inspection. California Rules of Court, rule 2.400(a) states that all papers in the court files may be inspected by the public in the office of the clerk. Rule 2.550(a) says that unless confidential or sealed by law, all court records are presumed open.
California Court Records Search. The Supreme Court, Superior Courts, and the Court of Appeal of California are the important courts which keep California court records of all types. The Supreme Court acts as appellate court statewide. It has a Family History Library with copies of defendant and plaintiff indexes for documents of cases from the supreme court from the year 1850 to 1930.
California Public Records. The California State Records website provides every Californian with tools to access public records. This ensures California residents are able to use their right to access and obtain public records, in accordance with the California Public Records Act, which presumes all government information and records are available to the public.
California is the third largest state in the country with the largest population. A California public records directory shows which agencies provide specific data. Criminal history reports may be obtained from the California Department of Justice. Navigate through California courts, state and local departments and request records directly.
What Defines A Criminal Record In California? A criminal record is defined as an official document that records a person’s criminal history. The information is assembled and updated from local, county and state jurisdictions, trial courts, courts of appeals as well as county and state correctional facilities.
1 In order to provide electronic public access to court information, Sacramento Superior Court incurs technology development, maintenance, and operational expenses. Pursuant to California Rule of Court 2.506 and Government Code Section 68150(l), the Court may impose fees for the costs of providing access to its electronic records.
Rules, forms, jury instructions, and legislation all help the California Courts deliver fair and equal access. By providing input, the public is engaging in the work of the Judicial Council. View the 47 new proposals currently open for comment and submit your comment(s) online.