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The Court provides electronic access to court records, when feasible. Access to electronic records save the public time and effort and promotes efficiency with court operations. The Court complies with California Rule of Court (CRC) 2.500 - Public Access to Electronic Court Records by providing:
Remote electronic access is available for civil limited, civil unlimited, family law and probate court indexes and court calendars pursuant to CRC 2.507(b). Refer to General Information, Case Lookup.
Computers are available to the public in the Clerk’s Office to access indexes, court calendar information and court case record information pursuant to CRC 2.503(c). Additional indexes in non-electronic form are available in the Clerk’s Office. Members of the public may view and request copies of court records in person at the Clerk’s Office. Refer to Record Search Section for additional information.
Requests for a case record search may be made by contacting the Clerk’s Office in person or by mail.
The Clerk’s Office will process requests for a record search made in person or by mail. The Civil Division does not conduct record searches by telephone. A record search fee of $15.00 is required for each record search without a case number. A record search fee of $15.00 is also required for any search requiring more than 10 minutes of the clerk’s time (with or without a case number). Refer to form Request for a Record Search and/or Copies.
You may avoid paying the record search fee by conducting your own record search on-line; please refer to the Case Look-Up section to obtain a case number or you may conduct case research at the Clerk’s Office free of charge.
In - Person
The Clerk will conduct up to 3 record searches in person. If you have more than 3 searches, you may be required to give the Clerk up to 72 hours to process your request.
A request to view case files or obtain copies of documents are only available between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Small Claims, civil limited, civil unlimited, family law and probate cases are available for viewing by the public at the Clerk's Office, 2nd floor. All civil, family law and probate minute orders resulting from court proceedings held July 9, 2012 and thereafter, are viewable to the public by accessing the computers in the Court’s viewing room.
Access to a file or (files) is dependent upon availability. If the file is stored at our off-site location, the Clerk’s Office requires 7 to 10 days to process your request. An Off-Site Retrieval Fee is $10.00 for up to three (3) files.
If you are requesting more than 5 cases, we require you to complete the Court File Request Form, and the Clerk’s Office requires 72 hours to process your request. Case researchers: 25 cases will be retrieved if requesting sequential case numbers.
A request for a copy of a document may be made in person at the Clerk's Office of the 2nd floor or submitted in writing by mail.
If the case number is unknown, there will be a fee of $15.00 for the Clerk to conduct the record search or you may conduct your own record search access the case index search located on the court's website.
The fee for a copy of a document is .50 cents per page.
If your document requires the Court’s certification stamp and court seal, declaring the document a true copy of the original, the fee is $25.00 per certification of each document plus the copy fee.
Unless the request is for a certified copy of marriage or domestic partnership dissolution records; the fee is $15.00 per certification of each document plus the copy fee.
Please allow a minimum of 10 days for processing your request.
In - Person
To locate divorce records you may follow the instructions for copies/certified copies provided below and submit a request by mail or in-person. The Court will need the case number. If you do not know your divorce case number, you can try looking up your case online using the access the case index search located on the Court’s website using the party names at the time of the divorce. If you are unable to locate the case number, refer to the “Request for Record Search” information provided above.
If you need a copy of a Will, that is not a part of a Probate case, you are required to provide a certified copy of the death certificate along with your records request to the Court. Death certificates may be obtained through the Monterey County Recorder's Office for deaths occurring within the County of Monterey. Contact the appropriate County agency for out-of-county deaths.
A court transcript is a verbatim record prepared by a court reporter of every word said in the courtroom by the judge, attorneys, witnesses and others while on the record. The court reporter is responsible for preparing transcripts of hearings as required by law or upon request. Except for those transcripts prepared for the Court for certain criminal matters, all other parties requesting transcripts are required to pay reporters for preparation of transcripts at the rate prescribed by law. The rates that reporters may charge for transcripts, as well as other information about reporter transcripts, are contained in the Government Code, starting at section 69950. Requirements for the format of transcripts are set forth in California Rule of Court, 8.144. Click here to review this rule.
Transcripts are the property of the court reporter, and the costs for transcripts vary but on average cost $3.00 per page. To request a copy of a transcript, follow the process below:
Transcript requests will be forwarded to the appropriate court reporter. The court reporter will contact the requesting party to inform them of the estimated cost, estimated time for processing the request, payment method and delivery options. If the court reporter is a contractor or a non-Court employee, the Court will forward the request accordingly and the contractor reporter will contact the requesting party to confirm the hearing information, estimated cost, estimated processing time, payment method and delivery options.
For cases recorded with an electronic recording device, an audio compact disk (CD) of the hearing will be available through the Clerk’s Office. A transcript will not be prepared by the Court.
The fee for a copy of an audio recording of a court proceeding is $20.00 per CD. The audio recording will be copied to a CD. Audio recordings are available for civil limited and small claims hearings only. To request a CD, you may either appear in person at the clerk’s office or submit your request in writing.
Submit a Request for Audio Recording of Court Proceedings to the Clerk’s Office of the Superior Court, Attention: Records, 1200 Aguajito Road, Monterey, CA 93940.
If you wish to obtain a copy of your marriage license or a death certificate you must contact the Recorder - County Clerk at http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/recorder/marrlic.htm
Recorder- County Clerk
County Government Administration Building
168 West Alisal Street, 1st Floor
Salinas, CA 93901
Salinas Office: (831) 755- 5450 or (831) 647-7850