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This page lists online resources for the Kern County Superior Court - Kern River Branch, online resources applicable to courts generally in Kern County, California, as well as resources applicable to all courts in California.


Searching Case Records

Kern County Superior Court Case Information
Search Kern County Superior Court civil, family, probate, and small claims case information by case number, party name, or filing date range. Search Kern County criminal cases and history by defendant name or driver's license number. A link to information about inmates in custody is included.

Dockets, calendars, and other information about court cases

Kern County Superior Court Calendars
Search Kern County Superior Court civil, family, probate, and small claims hearing schedules by case number, attorney bar number, hearing date, or case filing date. Search Kern County criminal calendar by defendant name, case number, or date. A link to information about inmates in custody, charges filed, and next court date is included.

Published opinions and orders

Kern County Superior Court Tentative Rulings
Search Kern County Superior Court civil and probate tentative rulings by name and case number. Select Civil or Probate tab near the top of the page, then find Search Tentative Rulings in the Search Menu in the left column.
Attorney General Legal Opinions
Search California Attorney General legal opinions from 1986 to current.

Self help, legal research, general information

Kern County Superior Court Self-Help Center
View Kern County Superior Court self help center information by clicking the Self-Help Center menu item at the top of the page. A list of services and legal resources available at the Center is provided, which includes workshops, Law Library access, and trained Center staff assistance.
Kern County Superior Court Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
View information about Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution to settle civil cases within the Kern County Superior Court. Under the Civil Search Menu in the left column, select the Civil Mediation or Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) links.
Kern County Superior Court Rules
View and download the local rules of Kern County Superior Court.
Kern County Law Library
View information about the Kern County Law Library, including contacts, hours, available services and materials, a self-help center, and links to additional online resources.
Kern County Superior Court Small Claims
View information about small claims cases in Kern County Superior Court, including monetary limits, Small Claims Advisor assistance, filing a claim, and court procedure.
California Courts - Legal Information and Legal Resources
View California Courts self-help information on court procedure, legal research, lawyers and legal help, small claims, families and children, divorce or separation, abuse and harassment, housing, name change, traffic, seniors and conservatorship, financial issues, criminal law, and appeals. Links to additional online resources and a glossary of terms are included.
Online Law Library Services
Several California law libraries provide staff for the AskNow law librarian service, which provides online answers to legal reference questions and referrals for further research.
LawHelp California Legal Information and Legal Resources
LawHelp California offers legal information and other resources for many legal issues, including housing, family issues, benefits, domestic violence, employment, small claims, veterans and military, civil rights, immigration, disability, estates, and Native American issues. Legal information is also available in a wide range of languages.
Child Support Services
The California Department of Child Support Services offers information and services related to child support, including online case information, online child support calculator, paternity establishment and contact information for local offices.
Traffic and Motor Vehicle Information
The California Department of Motor Vehicles offers information about traffic laws, driver licenses, and vehicle registration.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
View resources for preventing foreclosure in California, including local housing counseling agencies, information, state agencies and programs, and a link to legal aid providers.
California Statutes
Search California codes by name of code and section, browse codes by table of contents, or search by name of code and keywords.
California Law Libraries
View a list of California county law libraries, with contact information, hours, maps, and links to available local law library websites.
Legal Research Information
The Council of California County Law Librarians offers an online class in how to conduct legal research.
Legal Research Links
The Council of California County Law Librarians offers a categorized list of links to state and national legal resources, including general research, laws, regulations, courts, forms, and rules.
Search California Traffic Safety Institute Traffic Schools
The California Traffic Safety Institute provides lists of classroom and home-study traffic schools, searchable by county. Classroom schools are available in all counties; home-study schools are currently available in 27 counties.
California Legal Document Assistance
View information about California Legal Document Assistants, who help self-represented parties prepare and file legal documents for a fee. Search for a member in your area by name, area code, zip code, city, county, or service performed.
California Court Rules
View and download statewide California Rules of Court by case type and local Superior Court rules by county.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
View information about Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes, which include mediation, arbitration, neutral evaluation, and settlement conferences, and can help parties resolve disputes without going to court. A link to local Superior Court ADR programs is included.
California Courts - Small Claims Information
View California Courts information on Small Claims cases, including research and trial preparation, filing or responding to a claim, collection or appeal of a judgment, and judgment payment options.
California Courts - Wills, Estates, and Probate Information
View California Courts information about wills, estates, and probate cases, including an overview of asset distribution upon death of an individual, will validity, and the process of administering a probate estate.

Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral

Kern County Public Defender
View information about the Kern County Public Defender's Office, which provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income defendants.
Kern County Legal Help
Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance offers free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income residents. Information includes types of cases handled, eligibility guidelines, and links to additional online legal resources.
Free and Low-Cost Legal Services Information
View information about sources of free and low-cost legal services, including court-based services, legal aid agencies, governmnent agencies, lawyer referral services, law schools, dispute resolution programs, and prepaid legal sevice plans.
Free Legal Help
LawHelp California offers a directory of California organizations that provide free and reduced-fee legal services. The directory can be searched by counties served or an alphabetical list.
California Bar Association - Attorney Information and Discipline Records
The California Bar Association offers an attorney search by name or bar number and a search for legal specialists. Search results include contact information, date of bar admission, schools attended, and any public disciplinary records. Links to information about obtaining discipline records and the discipline system is included.
Find an Attorney For Public Records Access
Find attorneys that specialize in cases related to public records, including court records, open meetings, protections for whistleblowers, and invasion of privacy. Search options include name, location and legal issue.
Find a Lawyer, Referral Services, and Complaint Procedures
The State Bar of California offers advice on how to find a lawyer, a search of its membership by name or bar number, and a search of lawyer referral services by county. It also provides instructions for filing a complaint against a lawyer, resolving a fee dispute, and applying for reimbursement for attorney misconduct.
Find Interpreters
The Judicial Council of California offers an online search of court interpreters by language spoken and county. Includes links to interpreter resources and an online search for medical interpreters.
Limited-Scope Representation
View information about limited-scope representation, in which lawyers provide some services to self-represented parties for a smaller fee than full representation. Services may include advice about the case, representation on some issues in the case, document and evidence preparation, coaching, discovery, research, and other tasks as agreed.
California Rural Legal Assistance
View information about California Rural Legal Assistance, which provides free legal assistance to low-income rural residents of approximately one third of California's counties. Most services involve civil rights, community development, education, health, housing, labor, and employment.

Forms and related information

Kern County Superior Court Forms
View Kern County Superior Court Forms available and links to other statewide forms.
California State Superior Court Forms
View and download California court forms by form name or form number, select a group of forms by type of case, or view a list of recently changed forms.
AOC Records Request Form and Information
The Administrative Office of the Courts offers an online request form and information about how to request records maintained by the Office, the Judicial Council or the appellate courts.
Attorney Complaint Forms and Information
The State Bar of California offers information and resources related to complaints about an attorney, including an online complaint form.
Self-Help Forms
View the I-Can online legal application to assist with filling out California Superior Court forms.
Interactive Online Forms
Answer a series of questions about your case, and TurboCourt - EZLegalFile will prepare the appropriate family law, small claims, evictions, domestic violence, guardianship, and child support forms for you to file in California Superior Courts. A convenience fee applies.

Online fine payments

Pay Kern County Superior Court Traffic Tickets and Court Traffic School Fees
Pay Kern County Superior Court traffic tickets and court traffic school fees online. Select Local Payments, then follow the instructions to select your state, court, and payment type. You will need to enter your payment amount and citation number. A convenience fee applies.

For information on other public records in Kern County, California see the Kern County, California Public Records Directory
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