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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: Use/Privacy Policy

Use/Privacy Policy

Last Updated October 8, 2004

Thank you for visiting the San Diego Superior Court's website and reviewing this Use Policy and Notice. The Court wants you to know about the collection and use of information that may be obtained through use of the Court's website and the security of this website.

This Use Policy reflects the Court's policies and practices on the following date: October 8, 2004. This Use Policy is subject to change without notice. You are responsible for reviewing this Use Policy regularly. Your continued use of our website is your agreement to the current Use Policy.

LEGAL INFORMATION - NOT LEGAL ADVICE
The Court cannot give you legal advice or refer you to a lawyer. If you came to the Court's website seeking advice on California law, instead you should consult with a lawyer licensed by the State Bar of California.

The State Bar certifies lawyer referral services that can put you in touch with a lawyer who can handle your problem. Even if your particular problem can be resolved without a lawyer, a certified referral services will tell you how to get the help you need. A lawyer referral service may offer low-cost or no cost options to qualifying persons. In order to find a certified lawyer referral service, look in the Yellow Pages of the telephone book at the beginning of the listing of Lawyers for the name and number of a lawyer referral service that is certified by the State Bar, or click this State Bar link. Additional resources may also be described in specific areas of our website and on the website of the Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts.

If you have a criminal complaint, please contact a law enforcement agency such as the local police or sheriff, or the county district attorney's office.

Our website provides summary information and educational materials as a pubic service, but they may not apply to your particular circumstances. Remember, this website cannot take the place of advice from a lawyer.

LINKS TO OTHER SITES
Our website has links to other websites that might be useful to you. Because we do not control linked websites, we cannot be responsible for the information on linked websites. In addition, the contents of a linked website may change, and we would not necessarily be aware of the change. You should know when you link to another website, you are no longer on our website and are subject to the terms of use and privacy policies of the new website.

PRIVACY POLICY'INFORMATION COLLECTED BY THE COURT AND HOW IT IS USED
Except for Internet Protocol addresses, we do not collect any personal information about you through your visit to this website, and we do not accept any personal information through this website. For purposes of this policy, is any information that identifies or describes an individual user. For your information, the following electronically collected information does not identify an individual user and is not :

  • The domain name used, but not the associated Internet Protocol Address;
  • The type of browser and operating system you used;
  • The date and time you visited this site;
  • The web pages or services you accessed at this site;
  • The website you visited prior to coming to this website;
  • The website you visit as you leave this website; and
  • If you downloaded a form, the form that was downloaded.

If we collect or store the above electronically collected information it is for the purpose of improving the content of our web services and to help us understand how people are using our website. As stated above, this information does not identify you personally, and it will be used solely for gathering website statistics.

As mentioned, we do collect and store your Internet Protocol address when you visit this website. An Internet Protocol Address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to your computer. Again, we use this information for gathering website statistics and for the purpose of improving the content of our web services and to help us understand how people are using our website. As a general rule, we do not share Internet Protocol addresses that we collect or store with any other companies or people. We do release this type of information, however, if appropriate or necessary to comply with the law or a court order or to protect the rights, property, or safety of the Court or members of the public.

QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, E-MAIL
We appreciate questions or comments about our website, although we cannot respond to each of them. You can address questions or comments about our website to our Webmaster.  Any email should be submitted through your email service provider; you cannot submit email directly through this website. If you voluntarily provide us with personal information, as in an e-mail with a comment or question, you should know such communications become the property of the Court for all purposes and without restriction on use.

AUTOMATIC COLLECTION OF INFORMATION/COOKIES
Cookies are simple text files stored on your computer by your web browser. The Court makes every attempt to avoid the use of cookies. When needed to maintain the functionality of an application, unlike the common usage of cookies, the Court only uses cookies during the session in which you access our interactive applications. Cookies created on your computer by using this website do not contain "personal information." We may use the cookie feature to store a randomly generated identifying temporary tag on your computer. You can refuse the cookie or delete the cookie file from your computer by using any of the widely available methods. However, if you turn your cookie option off, you may not be able to access some of the features in current or future interactive applications.

SECURITY
The Court, as developer and manager of this website, has taken steps to safeguard the integrity of its telecommunications and computing infrastructure. Security measures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and day-to-day practices of the entire Court operating environment as part of its continuing commitment to risk management. Unauthorized attempts to modify any information stored on this system, to defeat or circumvent security features, or to utilize this system for other than its intended purposes are prohibited and may result in criminal prosecution.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
The Court attempts to maintain, as current and accurate, the content on its website. Any errors or omissions should be reported to our webmaster for investigation.

THE COURT PROVIDES THE INFORMATION ON THIS WEB SITE AND THE COURT DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE ABSOLUTE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, ADEQUACY, OR AVAILABILITY OF THE CONTENTS OF THIS WEBSITE AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS LIABILITY FOR ERRORS AND OMISSIONS IN THE CONTENTS OF THIS WEBSITE. NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, IMPLIED, EXPRESSED, OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS, TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND FREEDOM FROM COMPUTER VIRUS, IS GIVEN WITH RESPECT TO THE CONTENTS OF THIS WEBSITE OR ITS HYPERLINKS TO OTHER INTERNET RESOURCES.

IN NO EVENT WILL THE COURT, ANY OTHER JUDICIAL BRANCH ENTITY AS DEFINED IN CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 900.3, OR THEIR JUDICIAL OFFICERS, JUDGES, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES, AGENTS, CONTRACTORS, OR VOLUNTEERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF THE COURT HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES) RESULTING FROM THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE ITS WEBSITE.

Reference in this website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade name, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and is not an endorsement or recommendation by the Court.

We may offer non-English information on our website to help make California Courts more accessible to non-English-speaking Californians. Still, because the laws of California are in English, the English language version is controlling for legal purposes.

OWNERSHIP
In general, information presented on this website, unless otherwise indicated, is considered in the public domain. It may be distributed or copied as permitted by law. However, the Court may make use of copyrighted data (e.g., photographs) that require additional permissions before your use. If you wish to use any information on this website not owned or created by the Court, you must seek permission directly from the owning (or holding) sources.

GENERAL PROVISIONS
This Use Policy is governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California and the United States of America governing agreements made, entered into, and performed entirely in the State of California, United States of America, without reference to any choice-of-law provisions. You consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of courts in the County of San Diego, California, United States of America, and the United States Southern District of California in all disputes arising out of our website or services or this Use Policy.

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