December 5, 2019
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, CA 94063.

File viewing for Civil, Small Claims, Family Law, Probate and Unlawful Detainer (evictions) is available Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

You may request up to 5 files at a time. Once the files are viewed and returned, an additional 5 files may be requested.

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 the normal business hours. A certificated copy service may be used to copy large case files. All copy services must be registered and can be located online or in the phone book.

Juvenile Records

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) 261-5100 Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Criminal Records

Most copy requests may be processed immediately at the same fees. 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, located on the 4th floor, Criminal Department of the Hall of Justice, 400 County Center, Redwood City, 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 phone book.

Traffic Records

For information about Traffic files, please contact the Traffic Division at (650) 363-4300 Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Traffic is located at 1050 Mission Road, South San Francisco, CA 94402.

Off-site Files

Cases stored off-site must be ordered in person at the Records Department in the Hall of Justice and a $10 fee for retrieval per file must be pre-paid. Files stored on-site may be unavailable if getting prepared for court. Files between the ranges of the following case numbers are stored off site, though some additional files might also be stored off site depending on the case.

  • * Civil: CIV/CLJ 448606 - CIV/CLJ 456869
  • * Family Law: FAM 088281 - FAM 133295
  • * Probate: PRO 112923 - PRO 127108

Files located off-site will be available 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.

* Note: Some case numbers that are within the ranges stated above have been digitized and may be viewed at the records counter.

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