California's Judges Directory:

How to find a case in California

 

California maintains a list of all active judges in the state, organized by county, and updated monthly. The roster offers a comprehensive look at the current serving judges in the state, as well as methods to contact them. When looking for a judge, a good place to start is with the county of the jurisdictions you’re searching for. Once you find the judge who presided over the case that you’re looking for, you can use that name to help isolate that case.  

Once you isolate which judge you’re looking for, learning about the local rules of the county they preside in is useful for understanding how they judge, or will judge a case. Each county and judicial district has similar, but distinct laws. Understanding these laws and how they interact with prior judgements can help you understand precedent.

If you’d prefer to find your case based on type of case tried, California offers a search based on the topics involved in the case. These topics include Divorce or Separation, Small Claims, Traffic, and Custody and Parenting. Forms are also available, and important for special requests such as interpreters.

As an alternative, online third party resources offer a way to search for a case with just the name or address of the defendant involved in a case. While finding a judge, a case, or learning precedent can be useful for a variety of reasons, finding a case file is typically faster through sites like california.staterecords.org. Because the site is an amalgamation of public records countrywide, it is still useful to know in which district your case was tried. Once armed with that information, simply use the location to isolate which of the cases reported is the one you’re looking for. In this way, even common names and addresses can yield favorable results.  

 

Judges Roster

Superior Court of California, County of Alameda

 

Superior Court of California, County of Alpine

 

Superior Court of California, County of Amador

 

Superior Court of California, County of Butte

 

Superior Court of California, County of Calaveras

 

Superior Court of California, County of Colusa

 

Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa

 

Superior Court of California, County of Del Norte

 

Superior Court of California, County of El Dorado

 

Superior Court of California, County of Fresno

 

Superior Court of California, County of Glenn

 

Superior Court of California, County of Humboldt

 

Superior Court of California, County of Imperial

 

Superior Court of California, County of Inyo

 

Superior Court of California, County of Kern

 

Superior Court of California, County of Kings

 

Superior Court of California, County of Lake

 

Superior Court of California, County of Lassen

 

Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

 

Superior Court of California, County of Madera

 

Superior Court of California, County of Marin

 

Superior Court of California, County of Mariposa

 

Superior Court of California, County of Mendocino

 

Superior Court of California, County of Merced

 

Superior Court of California, County of Modoc

 

Superior Court of California, County of Mono

 

Superior Court of California, County of Monterey

 

Superior Court of California, County of Napa

 

Superior Court of California, County of Nevada

 

Superior Court of California, County of Orange

 

Superior Court of California, County of Placer

 

Superior Court of California, County of Plumas

 

Superior Court of California, County of Riverside

 

Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento

 

Superior Court of California, County of San Benito

 

Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino

 

Superior Court of California, County of San Diego

 

Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco

 

Superior Court of California, County of San Joaquin

 

Superior Court of California, County of San Luis Obispo

 

Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo

 

Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara

 

Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara

 

Superior Court of California, County of Santa Cruz

 

Superior Court of California, County of Shasta

 

Superior Court of California, County of Sierra

 

Superior Court of California, County of Siskiyou

 

Superior Court of California, County of Solano

 

Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma

 

Superior Court of California, County of Stanislaus

 

Superior Court of California, County of Sutter

 

Superior Court of California, County of Tehama

 

Superior Court of California, County of Trinity

 

Superior Court of California, County of Tulare

 

Superior Court of California, County of Tuolumne

 

Superior Court of California, County of Ventura

 

Superior Court of California, County of Yolo

 

Superior Court of California, County of Yuba