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Phone: (415) 444-7080
Location: Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room 113
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Court Records Division is offering limited in-person services by appointment only.

We are able to provide a certified copy of a Court order or criminal docket, copies from a confidential case, or verify criminal case history only by appointment. Please make an appointment to come to our office by clicking Here.

All other requests must be submitted by mail, email, or drop box and are being processed in the order of date received. Court staff are working diligently through a backlog of court records requests, however; depending on the nature of your request, it may take up to 6 months to complete your request.

We are not allowing in-person review of case files, access to the public research terminals in our lobby, or providing in-person research or copies of court documents other than those noted above.

Requests for copies or research may be submitted by completing a request form at this link: click here.

Complete the form electronically using Adobe Acrobat Reader, or print the form and complete by hand, then submit according to directions on the form. A Records clerk will contact you for further information if needed. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Obtaining Case Information

Register of Actions information for non-confidential civil, probate and small claims cases is now available online by clicking here. Please note that current day entries do not appear in the online Register of Actions until the next court business day.

The Court's Public Index provides the case name, case number, names of parties, case type, filing date, disposition date (if no longer active) and other information helpful in locating and identifying the correct case from among the thousands of cases in the Public Index. Individuals may access the Public Index online by clicking here.

The Records Management Office does not provide case information or conduct research over the telephone or through email.

Confidential Cases

Confidential case information may only be provided to parties to an action by providing a notarized copy of their photo ID with the confidential records request.

Confidential cases may not be discussed over the phone or via email as we are not able to verify the identity of the requester of the information.

Do not send confidential records requests via email; use our drop box located outside of the Civil Clerk’s office (Civic Center Room 113) or send requests via postal mail.

Copy Fee Disclaimer: All copy job deposits and sales are final and non-refundable.

There is also a $5 retrieval charge for files that are stored outside of the Civic Center.

Copies and Certifications of Criminal Records Requested by Government Agencies

The Court charges all government agencies for copies and certifications of criminal records, pursuant to Government Code section 70633(b). The charge to certify a record is $25.00 (GC 70626(a)(4)) and the charge for copies is $.50 per page (GC 70627(a)). In addition, the Court will require requesting agencies to include a self-addressed stamped envelope with proper postage for the return of the complete copy work. Since most requesting agencies will not know ahead of time how many pages will be copied, they may obtain a quote upon request to Records Management. The copies and certifications will be processed and mailed and the agency will be billed for the service, unless other arrangements have been made.

Case Exhibits

The Records Management Office also handles the return and destruction of case exhibits, following the disposition of court cases. For more information about exhibits, please click here.


To request copies of court hearing transcripts, please click here.


The Court has created a centralized office for the viewing and copying of all public court records and to pick up exhibits after the conclusion of a court case. Active and disposed court records for all public case types (criminal, civil, family law, probate, small claims, etc.) may be requested for public inspection by contacting the Records Management Office.

Case Records Include all filed documents such as:

Dockets (also referred to as the Register of Actions): A record of the complete history of the case with brief chronological summaries of the court proceedings.

Motions: Written request made by a party to an action before, during, or after a trial asking the judge to issue a ruling or order in that party's favor.

Pleadings: Written statements filed with the court that describes a party's legal or factual claims about the case and what the party wants from the court.

Copies of court records can be requested for $0.50 per page.

Court Transcripts: A court transcript is a verbatim accounting of everything said in the courtroom on the record during a proceeding.

Transcripts are the property of the Court Reporter; costs for transcripts vary but on average run $3 per page. To request copies of transcripts, please click here.
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