April 24, 2014
Viewing Court Records

Files in Redwood City:

Civil, Family Law and Probate files are viewed at the Records Management Division, located on the 1st Floor, Room A of the Hall of Justice, 400 County Center, Redwood City.

Small Claims and Unlawful Detainer (evictions) files are viewed at their respective divisions, located on the 1st Floor, Room A of the Hall of Justice, 400 County Center, Redwood City.

File viewing for Civil, Small Claims, Family Law, Probate and Unlawful Detainer (evictions) is available Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and Friday 8:30 - 12:00 p.m. For Unlawful Detainers and Small Claims files please see the clerks at their respective filing window for viewing. Unlawful Detainer and Small Claims files are available for viewing Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Friday 8:30 - 12:00 p.m.

For information about Traffic files, please contact the Traffic Division at (650) 363-4300 Monday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Criminal files are viewed in the Criminal Department, located on the 4th Floor of the Hall of Justice.

For records stored at the Records Management Division, located on the 1st Floor, Room A of the Hall of Justice, you may request up to 5 files at a time. Once the files are viewed and returned, an additional 5 files may be requested. When viewing over 10 files, your request may be faxed to our office (650) 363-4914) at least 1 week before viewing. Your files will be available for viewing one week after your fax is received.

Files being viewed in sequential number order may be requested up to 30 files at a time.

Files located off-site will be viewable within 72 hours. Once the files are received from our off-site location, they are held for 5 working days then returned back to our off-site location. Click here for a list of files that are stored off-site.

Criminal files located off-site will be viewable within 72 hours. Once the files are received from our off-site location, they are held for a period of two weeks then returned back to our off-site location.

Files located in the courtroom cannot be accessed. Typically, files are sent to the courtroom 3-5 court business days prior to a hearing or other matters.

Files in San Mateo

Juvenile files are viewed at the Juvenile Division, located at 222 Paul Scannell Drive in San Mateo. Before going to review a juvenile file, call the juvenile clerk's office at (650) 312-5395 Monday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Files in South San Francisco

Prior to July 15, 2013: Criminal files located at our Northern Branch at 1050 Mission Road in South San Francisco, can be viewed during normal business hours, Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

After July 15, 2013: All criminal files must be requested and viewed at the Criminal Division located at the Hall of Justice, 400 County Center, 4th Floor in Redwood City.

Fees

For copies of court documents, there is a fee of $0.50 per side, with an additional $25.00 for certified copies (or $15.00 for certified copies of divorce or domestic partnership dissolution record).

If the file is offsite, there is a $10.00 retrieval fee. This fee is applied per file. Click here for a list of files that are stored off-site.

For Civil, Family Law and Probate: There is a limit of copying only one document while you wait. Please note, to ensure that our files are available for customers we cannot process more than one copy request for the same file per day. For more than one document, we require payment in advance, and the requester will be given a date of when the copy work will be completed. Copies may be mailed (for an additional charge) or picked up at the counter during normal business hours. A certified copy service may be used to copy large case files. All copy services must be registered and can be located online or in the phonebook.

For Criminal: Most copy requests may be processed immediately at the same fees listed above. However, if there is a large amount of copies being requested, we will require payment in advance and the requester will be given a date of when the copy work will be completed. Copies can be picked up at the counter during normal business hours. Copies may be mailed (for an additional charge) or picked up at the counter during normal business hours. A certified copy service may be used to copy large case files. All copy services must be registered and can be located online or in the phonebook.

Please make your checks payable to "Superior Court". If you are unsure of how many pages the document contains, please write, "Not to Exceed $40.00" in the memo section of the check. We will fill in the amount and provide you with a receipt showing you the amount you were charged. If you are requesting a large document or multiple certified copies, please increase your "Not to Exceed" amount accordingly. Once we receive your request, you may expect a reply within 21 days.

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