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


Viewing Court Records

Register of Actions information for non-confidential civil, probate and small claims cases is now available online by clicking here. Information for all other cases must be accessed at the courthouse only. 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Public Index provides the case name, case number, names of parties, case type, filing date, disposition date (if no longer active) and other information helpful in locating and identifying the correct case from among the thousands of cases in the Public Index.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.

Members of the public may view and request copies of records in person at the Records Management Office. Public computers are available in this office so that individuals can search the public index and court case database for imaged records.
  • Civil court cases located within the Civil Clerk’s office are made available to the public at the time of request. Please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to close of business to allow time for viewing and to request copies.
  • Criminal court cases located within the Criminal Clerk’s office are made available to the public the next court business day after the date they are requested if ordered by 12:30 p.m.

To request a file, emailing is the preferred option for the Records Management Office. Please read these steps:
  • You must provide the case number. Case name and/or names of involved parties can be used to look up case numbers by clicking here
  • You will receive a response to your email within 2 business days
  • Please only call if you cannot use email or if it has been longer than 2 business days and you have not had a response to your email request

Individuals who need assistance in finding the case they are seeking may request help in person or by sending in a written research request by mail.

click here for Criminal Research Requests
click here for Civil Research Requests

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

PLEASE NOTE: Files that are in use by the Court will not be available for public viewing when requested. Requestors may check back with Records staff periodically to see whether files are available for viewing.

Public Record Viewing Schedule

Active and Disposed Files stored at the Civic Center
File Requested By Available for Viewing
12:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. Next Court Business Day
Disposed Files stored at County Records facility
Two (2) court business days from end of business on date of request.
Disposed Files stored out of county
Five (5) court business days from end of business on date of request.

Requesting Copies of Court Records

Copies of documents in court files may be purchased for $0.50 per page. Due to limited staffing in the Records Management Division, most copy jobs will not be completed while you wait. A member of the staff will contact you once your copies have been completed. You will have the option to pay for your copies at that time over the phone and have your copies mailed to you, or you may come back to our office during normal business hours to pick up your copies.

Copy Job Schedule:
  • Up to 10 pages while you wait.
  • 11 to 50 pages must be paid for in advance and will take up to two (2) business days to complete. You can come back to pick them up or you can pay a fee to have them mailed to you.
  • 51 pages or more, you will be required to leave a deposit of at least half of the estimated cost of copies. The clerk will contact you once the job is completed.

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

For government agencies seeking copies and certifications of criminal records, please click here for information on how to submit such requests.

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.

Transcripts

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



Overview

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 in person or by phone, mail or email.

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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