August 20, 2014
Have my File Ready to View

For your convenience you can request civil (excluding Unlawful Detainers), family law and probate case files that are stored on site by noon the day before you come to the courthouse so that they are ready to view when you arrive. Email your request, including the case name, party name and your contact information in case we need to reach you to records@sanmateocourt.org. Files requested through Email will only be held for viewing for five days before being returned to the file room. The Records Division is open from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays.

Cases stored off site must be ordered in person at the Records Department in the Hall of Justice and a $10 fee for retrieval per file must be pre-paid. Files stored on site may be unavailable if getting prepared for court. Any case below the following case numbers are stored off site, though some additional files might also be stored off site depending on the case. The clerk will email you to let you know if your case is off site or not.

  • Civil - CIV/CLJ 448568 (excluding Unlawful Detainers)
  • Family Law - FAM 88280
  • Probate - PRO 112922
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