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Hawthorne Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Hawthorne City Public Records?

Hawthorne City’s employees maintain all public records in line with the California Public Records Act (CPRA). According to the CPRA, Hawthorne City public records include any information that the city’s agents create while representing it. This definition covers all paper documents, whether typed or handwritten, microfilm prints, audio recordings, maps, photographs, and other types of digitally stored information. The CPRA also exempts certain types of records from public viewership. These include:

  • Private individual details, whose disclosure would constitute a privacy breach;
  • Records protected under client-attorney privilege;
  • Records containing information about ongoing law enforcement investigations;
  • Juvenile information
  • Preliminary drafts, notes, or comments
  • Classified data
  • Trade secrets and proprietary innovations
  • Information for citizens and private monetary information.

Hawthorne City Crime Statistics

The Hawthorne City Police Department keeps records of crimes and arrests and makes those records available online. They also send the data to the California Criminal Justice Statistics Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to the FBI, the crime rate in Hawthorne City was 288 in 2019, higher than in 83.0% of U.S. cities. In 2019, there were 636 violent crimes and 1485 property crimes among the city’s 87,305 people. Among the violent crimes were three murders, 34 rape cases, 190 robberies, and 409 cases of aggravated assault. Hawthorne City residents had a 0.74% chance of being violent-crime victims, while the statewide chance of victimhood was 0.44%. In 2019, there were 199 burglaries, 930 cases of larceny-theft, 356 vehicular-theft cases, and seven arson cases. Hawthorne City residents had a 1.75% chance of being property crime victims, while the statewide possibility was higher - at 2.32%.

Are Hawthorne City Criminal Records Public?

California’s statutes allow some public members to view Hawthorne City criminal records. For example, individual public members may not request criminal background checks. However, security guard firms, child care centers, law enforcement offices, public utility organizations, and other similar businesses may request criminal background checks from the California Department of Justice. The Department of Justice also allows individuals to request background checks on themselves. Similarly, individuals with arrest records may query the Hawthorne City Police Department to view and copy their documents.

How to Obtain Hawthorne City Police Reports and Arrest Records

Hawthorne City Police Department’s Records Section creates and maintains various police reports and arrest records. Only the record’s subject may request a Hawthorne City arrest record. However, the Records Section allows the public to request other Hawthorne City police reports online or in person. Online requesters are required to complete a non-printable request form, providing the following details:

  • Requestor’s name and address;
  • Requestor’s phone number and email address;
  • Incident date and time frame;
  • Police report number or incident number;
  • Incident location;
  • Names of parties involved.

In-person applicants may visit the Hawthorne City Police Station anytime from Monday through Friday, from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Although the Department does not charge for most reports, it does require that all requesters provide a valid, government-issued photo ID (e.g., a Driver’s License, State I.D., Passport, or DMV Printout).

Hawthorne Police Department
12501 S. Hawthorne Blvd
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Phone: (310) 349-2700

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Hawthorne City?

The California Department of Justice mandates all Hawthorne City residents with sex offender convictions to register their information with the Police Department. The Hawthorne City Police Department sends the information to the DOJ, who collates sex offender information around the state and uploads it onto its Sex Offender Registry. Individuals who wish to get Hawthorne City sex offender information may use offenders’ names, zip codes, phone numbers, or addresses to search through the registry. If the search provides favorable results, researchers can click on each offender’s name to see a detailed profile. Interested persons can also use the map application to search for registered sex offenders in specific areas of the state.

How to Find Hawthorne City Inmate Records?

The Hawthorne City Jail is under the Hawthorne City Police Department’s purview. The jail houses individuals who are awaiting trial or have registered for the “Pay to Stay” program, allowing convicted persons to serve out their time at the City Jail instead of the County facility. The Hawthorne Police Department keeps a record of all its inmates but does not make that log available online. Interested persons who wish to find Hawthorne City inmate records must contact the police department directly.

Hawthorne Police Department
12501 S. Hawthorne Blvd
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Phone: (310) 349-2700

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Hawthorne City Jail?

The Hawthorne City Police Department allows interested persons to visit persons currently incarcerated at the Hawthorne Jail every day between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Inmates may not receive visitors unless they have stayed in the jail for a full calendar day. They may also receive only one visitor per calendar day, for a maximum time of fifteen minutes. However, the visit may be shorter if multiple people are waiting to visit at the same time.

Visitors on active parole or probation may not visit inmates. If a visitor has an active warrant out for their arrest, they risk arrest by coming to the facility. All visitors must present a valid, government-issued photo ID, a valid international passport, military ID, or any other form of ID. Visitors may not bring any of the following items into the facility when meeting inmates:

  • Alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana, or other illegal drugs;
  • Food or drink;
  • Knives, guns, crossbows, or other weapons;
  • Tear gas/O.C. dispensers;
  • Cellphones, tablets, cameras, or other electronic devices;

All visitors must dress appropriately to gain entry to the facility. Staff will not admit anyone wearing the following items:

  • Tight skirts or leggings;
  • Sleeveless or tank tops;
  • Facecaps or sunglasses (unless medically recommended);
  • Open-toe sandals;
  • Sundresses;
  • Clothing that refers to gang affiliation or bears sexual or lewd comments or pictures;
  • Clothing that closely resembles prison or law enforcement uniforms.

Hawthorne City Court Records

In Hawthorne City, the Los Angeles County Superior Court - Southwestern District deals with all legal issues, including criminal, civil, traffic, and family cases. The Los Angeles County Superior Court is part of the California Judicial Branch and abides by its public records laws. It, therefore, allows interested persons to request, view, and make copies of Hawthorne City court records like dockets, trial transcripts, oaths, submitted proof, and more.

The location of courts in Hawthorne City are below:

Los Angeles County Superior Court - Southwest District
Inglewood Courthouse
One Regent Street,
Inglewood, CA 90301
Phone: (310) 419-1398 (Criminal)
Fax: (310) 680-7055 (Criminal)
Phone: (310) 419-1396 (Small Claims)
Phone: (310) 419-1399 (Traffic)

Los Angeles County Superior Court - Southwest District
Torrance Courthouse
825 Maple Avenue,
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: (310) 787-3697 (Civil)
Fax: (562) 637-0731 (Civil)
Phone: (310) 787-3698 (Criminal)
Phone: (310) 787-3697 (Family Law)
Phone: (310) 787-3699 (Traffic)

Are Hawthorne City Court Records Public?

California’s Public Records Act allows interested persons to view some, but not all, Hawthorne City court records. The Act does not allow the public to view certain documents, like the following, and makes them available to authorized persons only:

  • Juvenile criminal cases;
  • Juvenile dependency cases in which the court separates a child from his or her parents;
  • Civil harassment cases;
  • Child custody cases;
  • Some divorce cases.

Can You Look Up a Hawthorne City Court Case Online?

The Los Angeles County Superior Court deals with court cases in Hawthorne City and provides copies of court records to interested public members. It also offers online services, through which the public may pay for tickets, access Hawthorne City courtroom calendars, check Hawthorne City court records, and more. Individuals who wish to view Hawthorne City court records online may query the eFiling Portal to find details on civil court cases, family court cases, criminal court cases, small claims, and other case types.

How to Obtain Hawthorne City Civil Court Case Records

The Los Angeles County Superior Court hears all Hawthorne City legal matters. The court clerk generates Hawthorne City civil court case records and makes copies available to public members. Interested persons may obtain copies online, in-person, or by writing to the Superior Court Clerk.

For online access to Hawthorne City civil court case records, the public can query the eFiling Portal’s civil section. The section allows the public to download scanned images of case documents, search parties of record and participants for civil court cases to find case numbers, and use case numbers to get summaries of civil court cases. Note that the Los Angeles County Superior Court does not certify documents on the portal. It provides them for informational purposes only.

Persons who want to get certified copies of Hawthorne City civil court case records can submit a request to the Los Angeles County Superior Court Clerk in person or writing. Applications must contain the following information:

  • Parties’ names;
  • Case number;
  • Approximate filing year;
  • Specific documents requested;
  • The requester’s contact details.

Copying Hawthorne City civil court case records costs fifty cents per page while certifying the document costs $40. Mail requesters must specify the number of copies required, as well as include a self-stamped, addressed envelope and a check with “not to exceed $75” written under the amount line. The Clerk’s staff will prepare an invoice with the correct amount and include it when returning the copies.

Los Angeles County Superior Court
Archives and Records Center
222 North Hill Street, Room 212
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 830-0198

How to Obtain Hawthorne City Criminal Court Records

The Los Angeles County Superior Court is responsible for hearing Hawthorne City legal matters. The court clerk generates Hawthorne City criminal court records and makes copies available to public members. Interested persons may obtain copies online, in-person, or by writing to the Superior Court Clerk.

For online access to Hawthorne City criminal court records, the public can query the LA Court Criminal Case Summary section. The section allows the public to download scanned images of case documents, search parties of record and participants for criminal court cases to find case numbers, and use case numbers to get summaries of criminal court cases. Note that the Los Angeles County Superior Court does not certify documents on the portal. It provides them for informational purposes only.

Individuals who want to get certified copies of Hawthorne City criminal court records can submit a request to the Los Angeles County Superior Court Clerk in person or in writing. Applications must contain the following information:

  • Defendant’s name;
  • Case number;
  • Date of birth (if known)
  • The prosecutor’s name
  • Approximate filing year;
  • The requester’s contact details.

Copying Hawthorne City criminal court records costs fifty cents per page while certifying the document costs $40. Mail requesters must specify the number of copies required and include a self-stamped, addressed envelope and a check with “not to exceed $75” written under the amount line. The Clerk’s staff will prepare an invoice with the correct amount and include it when returning the copies.

Los Angeles County Superior Court
Archives and Records Center
222 North Hill Street, Room 212
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 830-0198

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What are Hawthorne City Vital Records?

Government officials in Hawthorne City generate vital records to mark important life events among residents. These critical events include marriage, marital dissolution, births, and deaths. Hawthorne City divorce records are under the Los Angeles County Superior Court Clerk’s purview. The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/Clerk’s office provides informational and certified copies of marriage, birth, and death records to authorized requesters.

Where and How to Obtain Hawthorne City Divorce Records

The Los Angeles County Superior Court handles Hawthorne City divorce judgments and provides copies to eligible persons, including:

  • The divorcees
  • The divorcees’ immediate family members
  • The divorcees’ legal representatives

The court clerk makes images of Hawthorne City divorce records available on the Court Document Order System. Interested persons may also obtain certified copies by visiting the Los Angeles County Superior Court Clerk’s office between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and providing the following information:

  • The divorcees’ names
  • The divorce date
  • The case number
  • The requester’s contact details

The Superior Court Clerk charges $15 for certified copies of Hawthorne City divorce records and accepts payment by cash, check, credit card, or money order. The Clerk’s office also charges an additional $15 to search for cases if the requester does not know the case number. Individuals who wish to send written requests must provide the above details. In addition, requests must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a check with the exact fee, payable to the “Clerk of Court.”

Los Angeles County Superior Court
Archives and Records Center
222 North Hill Street, Room 212
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 830-0198

Where and How to Get Public Hawthorne City Marriage Records

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/Clerk’s office is responsible for the county’s marriage register. It provides certified informational copies of Hawthorne City marriage certificates to interested public members. Anyone who wants a copy of an informational Hawthorne City marriage record may complete a Marriage Certificate Application Form, include a check or money order for $15, and send the package to the County Registrar-Recorder’s office. The County Recorder’s office processes requests within twenty working days of the original receipt.

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
Birth, Death and Marriage Records Section,
P.O. Box 489,
Norwalk, CA 90651-0489

Copies of informational Hawthorne City marriage certificates have the words "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY" written on their faces.

Where and How to Get Confidential Hawthorne City Marriage Records

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/Clerk’s office issues marriage licenses to Hawthorne City Couples and makes copies of confidential Hawthorne marriage certificates available to the following authorized persons:

  • The married couple;
  • The couples’ parents or legal guardians (with documentation);
  • The couples’ family members;
  • Law enforcement agents or other government agencies conducting official business;
  • The couples’ legal representatives;
  • A party with a court order to receive the record.

Eligible persons may request confidential Hawthorne City marriage certificates online and by mail. Mail-in requesters must complete a Marriage Certificate Application Form, have it notarized, and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a check for $15, payable to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk,
Birth, Death and Marriage Records Section,
P.O. Box 489,
Norwalk, CA 90651-0489

Where and How to Get Hawthorne City Birth Records

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/Clerk’s office is responsible for issuing birth certificates in Hawthorne City and provides certified and informational copies. Informational copies of Hawthorne City birth certificates are available to the public, while the following people can request certified copies:

  • The registrant (above eighteen years old);
  • Parents named on the record;
  • The registrant’s spouse;
  • The registrant’s siblings
  • The registrant’s legal representatives

Anyone who wants a copy of a Hawthorne City birth certificate must download and complete an application for a Birth Record and Notarized Certificate of Identity. All applications must contain the following information:

  • The child’s full name;
  • The child’s date of birth;
  • The mother’s full maiden name;
  • The father’s full name;
  • The place of birth;
  • The requester’s return address;
  • A sworn, notarized statement (if requesting a certified copy).

The Registrar-Recorder’s office charges $28 per birth certificate copy. If the staff search for a record with no result, the search fee is $28. Mail-in applicants must include checks or money orders payable to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk,
Birth, Death and Marriage Records Section,
P.O. Box 489,
Norwalk, CA 90651-0489

Copies of informational Hawthorne City birth certificates will have the words "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY" written on their faces.

Where and How to Get Hawthorne City Death Records

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/Clerk’s office is in charge of Hawthorne city’s death register. It issues Hawthorne City death certificates and provides certified and informational copies. Informational copies of Hawthorne City death certificates are available to the public, while the following people can request certified copies:

  • The deceased’s spouse
  • The deceased’s immediate family members (parents, siblings, children, etc);
  • The deceased’s legal representatives;
  • Anyone with a legal order to obtain a certified copy.

Anyone who wants a copy of a Hawthorne City death certificate must download and complete an application for a Death Record and Notarized Certificate of Identity. All applications must contain the following information:

  • The deceased’s full name at the time of death;
  • The deceased’s date of birth (if known);
  • The date of death;
  • The place of death;
  • The requester’s return address;
  • A sworn, notarized statement (if requesting a certified copy).

The Registrar-Recorder’s office charges $21 per birth certificate copy. If the staff search for a record with no result, the search fee is $21. Mail-in applicants must include checks or money orders payable to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk,
Birth, Death and Marriage Records Section,
P.O. Box 489,
Norwalk, CA 90651-0489