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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.
Self help, legal research, general information
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 Court Rules
View and download statewide California Rules of Court by case type and local Superior Court rules by county.
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.
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 Law Libraries
View a list of California county law libraries, with contact information, hours, maps, and links to available local law library websites.
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.
Search California codes by name of code and section, browse codes by table of contents, or search by name of code and keywords.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Kern County Public Defender
View information about the Kern County Public Defender's Office, which provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income defendants.
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.
Forms and related information
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.
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.
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.
View the I-Can online legal application to assist with filling out and filing California Superior Court forms. Payment is required unless a fee waiver is granted.
Online fine payments