Public Case Access System

Review the following options to determine the type of account you should create.

Government Account

If you are member of a government entity within California or the Federal government, you have the option of creating a government account. A government account provides free access to cases and documents. Click the Government Account Details link below for more information regarding government accounts.

When you create a government account, you are creating a Standard Account with a request for "government access". If your agency has already been approved, you will be granted "government access" automatically. An email will be sent to the email address you specify in your account setup. You must be able to receive the confirmation and respond to it in order to complete the account setup process.

If your agency has not yet been approved, your request will be reviewed and a determination will be made as to your agency's eligibility. If your agency is deemed eligible, your request will be granted. If your agency is not deemed eligible, your request will be denied and your account will remain a Standard Account. In either instance, you will receive an email with the decision regarding your request.

Please note: all non-Federal government entities outside of California are not eligible for free access and must setup a Standard Account to purchase name search credits and download documents.

Create Government Account

Attorney Account

If you are an attorney, you have the option of creating an attorney account. If you are representing parties in Civil, Probate, or Family Law cases, the system can utilize your bar number to verify that you are part of a case, allowing you to more easily subscribe to your cases. Click the Attorney Account Details link below for more information regarding attorney accounts.

If you are representing a party in a Civil or Probate case, you can subscribe to your case by first searching for the case and then by clicking the "Subscribe" button just below the Case Information section on the Case Details screen. The system utilizes your bar number to verify you are part of a case. You will receive email notifications when new documents are added on your case and you will be able to view/download these newly added documents free of charge for 72 hours.

If you are representing a party in a Family Law case, you can request a subscription to your case by filing with the court, the Case Participant Enrollment Form - Family Law, along with your bar number. Using the form, the court will create a subscription for you (there is no self-subscribe feature). You will receive an email confirmation when the court creates your case subscription. You will also receive email notifications when new documents are filed on your case and you will be able to view/download these newly filed documents free of charge for 72 hours.

For more detailed information regarding the Case Subscriptions and other features of the system, please review the User Guide for Public Case Access.

Please Note: the court only data enters into its case management system the first named attorney listed on a party’s initial filing. While any attorney may subscribe to the case, only the first named attorney will be able to view newly filed documents free of charge for 72 hours.

Create Attorney Account

Standard Account

If you are not an attorney or a member of a government entity, you can create a standard account. A standard account is required if you want to purchase name search credits, subscribe to cases, or track your purchases. Click the Standard Account Details link below for more information regarding standard accounts.

If you are a party to a Civil or Probate case and you are not represented by an attorney, you can request that your case subscription include limited free access to case documents. With a case participant subscription, newly added documents are available for free for 72 hours from the time the document is added to the case. To obtain free online access, an email address must be provided to the court after the standard account has been established and the case subscription has been established. The following steps MUST be completed in order to receive limited free access to electronic case documents:

  1. Create a Standard Account
  2. Find your case and subscribe to it by clicking the "Subscribe" button on the Case Details screen
  3. For each case to which free online access is being requested, fill out the Case Participant Enrollment Form and submit it, in person, to the appropriate court location (as designated on the form). Please note: this form is only for parties in a case in which they are not represented by an attorney. Please do not submit this form to the court if you are not a party to the case, have an attorney, are an attorney, or are a member of a law firm representing a party on a case.

If you are a party to a Family Law case and you are not represented by an attorney, you can request a case subscription by filing with the court, the Case Participant Enrollment Form - Family Law, along with a copy of your driver’s license. Using the form, the court will create a subscription for you (there is no self-subscribe feature). You will receive an email confirmation when the court creates your case subscription. You will also receive email notifications when new documents are added to your case and you will be able to view/download these newly added documents free of charge for 72 hours.

For more detailed information regarding the Case Subscriptions and other features of the system, please review the User Guide for Public Case Access.

Create Standard Account