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The Guide to California Court Records


The California trial court system consists of Superior Courts.
 
California has a unified court system, so all court proceedings are conducted in Superior Courts. Superior Courts are organized into court divisions based on case type. Divisions within a Superior Court may include Civil, Criminal, Family, Probate, Juvenile, Traffic, Small Claims and Drug Court.

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California Superior Courts

Superior Courts have jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases.

Superior Courts are organized into court divisions based on case type. Divisions within a Superior Court may include Criminal, Civil, Small Claims, Family, Probate, Juvenile, Traffic and Drug Court.

Criminal Divisions generally handle felony and misdemeanor cases.

Civil Divisions may be split into divisions for "Unlimited" cases and "Limited" cases. Generally, "Limited" cases involve claims for less than $25,000, and "Unlimited" cases involve claims for more than $25,000.

Small Claims Divisions generally handle civil claims for less than $7500, if the case is eligible for the simplified Small Claims process. Additional restrictions on Small Claims jurisdiction exist, including financial and other limits on the use of the Small Claims process by businesses and organizations.

Family Divisions generally handle cases involving families and children, including dissolution of marriage, legal separation, paternity, child custody, child support, domestic violence, division of marital property and spousal support.

Probate Divisions generally handle cases related to estate administration, guardianships, conservatorships, trusts and wills.

Juvenile Divisions generally handle cases involving juvenile delinquency, child abuse and neglect, and children in need of supervision.

Traffic Divisions generally handle traffic-related citations, including parking and other offenses punishable by fines. Some juvenile traffic cases may be heard by this division.

Drug Courts are specialized court divisions that focus on rehabilitation as an alternative to incarceration for certain types of criminal cases.

In addition to Superior Courts, California has independent Tribal Courts.

Where to find court cases in California

The chart below gives general information on the types of cases heard in each type of court in California.
 

Most Cases = Most or all cases.     Some Cases = Some cases.

Case Type Court Type
CivilSuperior Courts
General Civil - Unlimited
 Most or all General Civil - Unlimited cases can be found in the Superior Courts
General Civil - Limited
 Most or all General Civil - Limited cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Small Claims
 Most or all Small Claims cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Civil Equity
 Most or all Civil Equity cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Complex Commercial
 Most or all Complex Commercial cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Foreclosures and Liens
 Most or all Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Real Estate Title and Boundary
 Most or all Real Estate Title and Boundary cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Landlord / Tenant
 Most or all Landlord / Tenant cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Ordinance Violations
 Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders
 Most or all Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Administrative Agency Appeals
 Most or all Administrative Agency Appeals cases can be found in the Superior Courts
CriminalSuperior Courts
Felony
 Most or all Felony cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Felony Preliminary Hearings
 Most or all Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Misdemeanors
 Most or all Misdemeanors cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Ordinance Violations
 Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Juvenile
 Most or all Juvenile cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Traffic and Infractions
 Most or all Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Domestic RelationsSuperior Courts
Divorce
 Most or all Divorce cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Child Custody and Visitation
 Most or all Child Custody and Visitation cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Child Support
 Most or all Child Support cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Paternity
 Most or all Paternity cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Domestic Violence Protection Order
 Most or all Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the Superior Courts
JuvenileSuperior Courts
Adoptions
 Most or all Adoptions cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Juvenile Delinquency
 Most or all Juvenile Delinquency cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Child Abuse and Neglect
 Most or all Child Abuse and Neglect cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Termination of Parental Rights
 Most or all Termination of Parental Rights cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Children in Need of Supervision
 Most or all Children in Need of Supervision cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Mental HealthSuperior Courts
Involuntary Commitments
 Most or all Involuntary Commitments cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Other Mental Health Cases
 Most or all Other Mental Health Cases cases can be found in the Superior Courts
ProbateSuperior Courts
Wills & Estates
 Most or all Wills & Estates cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Name Changes
 Most or all Name Changes cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Trusts
 Most or all Trusts cases can be found in the Superior Courts
Guardianships and Conservatorships
 Most or all Guardianships and Conservatorships cases can be found in the Superior Courts


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