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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: General Information: Accessing Court Records

Accessing Court Case Files

Court case files are public records and subject to public inspection. California Rules of Court, rule 2.400(a) states that all papers in the court files may be inspected by the public in the office of the clerk. Rule 2.550(a) says that unless confidential or sealed by law, all court records are presumed open.

Click here to view the General Order of the Presiding Department Order No. 010120-02 In Re Procedure Regulating Photography, Recording and Broadcasting in Courthouse.

Please be aware that the majority of online services provide case number and location only.  Once you have located the case number and court location, there are number of ways to obtain a copy of a court record.

Click here to request a copy of a transcript.

  • Civil
  • Criminal
  • Family Court
  • Mental Health
  • Probate

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Case files available for Civil (including Small Claims) and Probate cases initiated on or after January 1, 2008.
Imaged documents available for some Civil and Probate cases.

  • Traffic and Minor Offense
  • Juvenile Court
  • Small Claims
  • Sealed Records
  • Destroyed Files

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