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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: Civil: FAQs: Civil Court Case Imaging FAQs
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Civil Court Case Imaging Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Imaging - What is an imaged case?
  2. Which departments are imaging?
  3. How will someone know if a Civil case is imaged?
  4. Does the Court maintain a physical case file on imaged cases that can be checked out and viewed by the public?
  5. How can someone view an imaged file?
  6. Where does someone go if they need copies of documents from an imaged case file?
  7. How much does it cost to get copies of documents from imaged cases?
  8. Can I Pay by Credit Card at the Business Office Kiosk?
  9. Are appointments required to use the public kiosk to access imaged cases?
10. Is there a time limit on how long I can use the public kiosk?
11. How soon after a document is imaged is it available at the kiosk or via the Court’s online ROA?


1. Imaging - What is an imaged case?

An imaged case is a Civil case in which all the documents in the case have been digitally imaged and can be viewed electronically on computers, kiosks, and other devices.


2. Which departments are imaging?

Central Division – Newly initiated cases filed from August 1, 2011.  East County and South County imaged cases are now part of Central Division imaging. 

North County Division – All newly initiated civil cases filed on or after August 1, 2012 for Civil or Civil related departments.

Please refer to the Court’s website at www.sdcourt.ca.gov, Civil Section, for a complete list of departments and implementation dates for imaging.


3. How will someone know if a Civil case is imaged?

“[IMAGED]” will appear in the case title of the search results.

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4. Does the Court maintain a physical case file on imaged cases that can be checked out and viewed by the public?

No. Pursuant to Government Code section 68150 and California Rules of Court, rule 2.504, the electronic court file in Imaged Program cases is certified as the official record of the court.


5. How can someone view an imaged file?

Imaged files are available on the Court’s website or can be accessed at a public kiosk in the Business Office at the following locations:

  • Central Division Civil
  • East County Divisions
  • South County Division
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6. Where does someone go if they need copies of documents from an imaged case file?

Imaged documents can be purchased from the Court’s website via the Register of Actions (ROA) or can be purchased at a public kiosk in the Civil Business Office listed in #5 above.


7. How much does it cost to get copies of documents from imaged cases?

  • From the Register of Actions link on the public website:
    • Viewing the summary of filings, participant, calendar events and court proceedings is free.  You need to purchase case documents in order to view or download them.  The cost to purchase documents is:
      • $7.50 – fee for each document (up to 10 pages).
      • $0.07 – fee for each additional document page for a document with more than 10 pages (maximum of $40.00 per document).
    • The downloading of ROA documents online for Government agencies and persons with fee waivers is not available at this time.
  • From the Business Office Kiosks:
    • Viewing the summary of filings, participant, calendar events and court proceeding is free, and viewing case documents is free.  There is a charge for printing any of these pages:
      • $0.50 – fee for each page of a document printed from the ROA kiosk in the Civil Business Office listed in #5 above

8. Can I Pay by Credit Card at the Business Office Kiosk? 

Yes. Customers can view images, pay by MasterCard or Visa credit card, and receive the purchased copies without going to a counter station.


9. Are appointments required to use the public kiosk to access imaged cases?

The kiosks are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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10. Is there a time limit on how long I can use the public kiosk?

20 minutes, if there is a line.


11. How soon after a document is imaged is it available at the kiosk or via the Court’s online ROA?

Data that includes the search results and case Register of Actions information are updated almost immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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