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Archives and Records Center

Overview

The Archives and Records Center stores general jurisdiction court cases filed in Los Angeles County only. Cases include Civil, Family Law, Criminal Felony, Probate, and Juvenile records for the majority of cases filed from 1910 to 2004.

  • Important
  • If you are requesting a case that was filed after 2004, please contact the originating court where the case was filed to confirm the case location. View Courthouses

Viewing and Purchasing Court Records

Court records are available for viewing and purchasing during the hours of operation. Copies of records may be purchased between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please view the Court’s Fee Schedule for pricing information.

Locating a Case Number

If you do not know a case number, you can search for it by using one of the following online services:

  • Index of Defendants (For Criminal cases)

    (Finds a case number by searching for a defendant’s name. Please note: this is a paid service.)

  • Party Name Search (For Civil, Family Law, Probate, Small Claims cases)

    (Finds a case number by searching for the name of a litigant. Please note: this is a paid service)

Additionally, you can mail in a request or visit the Archives and Records Center in person to obtain a case number. Please note: The Archives and Records Center will not provide a case number over the phone.

Mail Requests

The Archives and Records Center accepts mail requests for case numbers, for copies of records, and for certification of said records.

Mail-in requests should be sent to:

Archives and Records Center
222 North Hill Street, Room 212
Los Angeles, CA 90012

In your correspondence, please indicate the case number and the approximate year in which the case was filed. If you were unable to find your case number (see above), please include the type of case (i.e. criminal, divorce, etc.), the names of the parties on the case and the approximate year in which the case was filed.

In addition, please be specific as to what documents you need copied and if certification is requested. Enclose a self-addressed-stamped envelope and a check made payable to “Los Angeles Superior Court” with “Not to Exceed $x.xx” written on the memo line. Include an amount greater than or equal to the estimated cost of the order based on the Fee Schedule posted on the Court homepage. If the amount is less than the processing fee, your request will be rejected and mailed back to you. A request by mail may take 8-10 weeks to process.

Divorce Judgments

If you know a case number, Divorce Judgment documents may be available through the Court Document Order System, located on the Court homepage. Currently, only Family Law Divorce Judgments that have been imaged are available to order online. If your case has not been imaged, the site will return a message to you indicating such.

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