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Court Records

Most court records are available to the public and may be viewed and copied at most court locations throughout Alameda County.  Please note that while many civil case records may be available online, criminal case records are not available online.
 
 

GENERAL CIVIL RECORDS

Viewing Civil Court Records Online
Many civil court records may be viewed online through the Court's DomainWeb service, for a fee.  Depending on the type of case, the documents included in the Register of Actions may be viewed in PDF format online.
 
To access DomainWeb, please click here.
 
Viewing Civil Court Records in Person
Many civil court records are available to the public.  Depending upon where the case was heard, it may be located at one of the Court's Records Units.  To find out where the court record can be viewed, please call one of the Records Units at the telephone numbers listed below.  Please note that files may only be viewed on the premises.  Files may not be taken or removed from the designated areas at any time.
 
Hours of Service
Monday through Friday (except holidays), 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
 
Record Searches
Please indicate in your search request which years of records your would like to search.  There is a fee for each name searched.  You may request a record search in person or by mail.  The Court does not perform record searches by telephone request.
 
Individuals may research court records in person at no cost.  Public access terminals and indexes are available for public use.
 
Fee Schedule
The Court's Fee Schedule provides the current cost of research and copying services available.
 
Payment
You may pay for records searches and copying charges in person with cash, check, credit card, or money order.  Please do not submit cash or credit card information by mail.
 
Contact Us
If you would like to speak with someone regarding civil records, please call the Records Units at the telephone numbers listed below.  The Court does not provide research services over the telephone.
  • Berkeley Courthouse: (510) 647-4439
  • Rene C. Davidson Courthouse including the County Administration Building and U.S. Post Office Building, Oakland: (510) 891-6005
  • Hayward Hall of Justice: (510) 690-2705
 
 
 

ADOPTION RECORDS

Due to the strict laws regarding the confidentiality of adoption files, adoption records are sealed. Access to adoption records may be obtained by court order only. For more information regarding adoption records, please call (510) 891-6003.
 
 
 

PROBATE RECORDS

Viewing Probate Records Online
Limited probate records may be viewed online through the Court's DomainWeb service, for a fee. Depending on the type of case, the Register of Actions may be viewed online.  You will need your case number to access the information; cases are not searchable by name on DomainWeb.  Please note that case documents included on the Register of Actions are not accessible on DomainWeb for probate cases. 
 
To access DomainWeb, please click here.
 
Viewing Probate Court Records in Person
Probate court records can be accessed in person at many court locations.  To find out where the court records can be viewed, please call the telephone numbers listed below.  Files may only be viewed on the premises.  Files may not be taken or removed from the designated areas at any time.
 
Hours of Service
Monday through Friday (except holidays), 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
 
Record Searches
Please indicate in your search request which years of records your would like to search.  There is a fee for each name searched.  You may request a record search in person or by mail.  The Court does not perform record searches by telephone request.
 
Individuals may research court records in person at no cost.  Public access terminals and indexes are available for public use.
 
Fee Schedule
The Court's Fee Schedule provides the current cost of research and copying services available.
 
Payment
You may pay for records searches and copying charges in person with cash, check, credit card, or money order.  Please do not submit cash or credit card information by mail.
 
Contact Us
If you would like to speak with someone regarding probate records, please call the Records Units at the telephone numbers listed below.  The Court does not provide research services over the telephone.
  • Berkeley Courthouse: (510) 647-4439
  • Rene C. Davidson Courthouse including the County Administration Building and U.S. Post Office Building, Oakland: (510) 891-6005
 
 

FAMILY LAW RECORDS

Viewing Family Law Records Online
Limited family records may be viewed online through the Court's DomainWeb service. Depending on the type of case, the Register of Actions may be viewed online.  You will need your case number to access the Register of Actions information; cases are not searchable by name on DomainWeb.  Please note that case documents included on the Register of Actions are not viewable or downloadable on DomainWeb for family law cases. 
 
To access DomainWeb, please click here.
 
Viewing Family Law Court Records in Person
Family Law court records can be accessed in person at many court locations.  To find out where the court records may be viewed, please call the court at the telephone numbers listed below.  Files may only be viewed on the premises.  Files may not be taken or removed from the designated areas at any time.
 
Hours of Service
Monday through Friday (except holidays), 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
 
Record Searches
Please indicate in your search request which years of records your would like to search.  There is a fee for each name searched.  You may request a record search in person or by mail.  The Court does not perform record searches by telephone request.
 
Individuals may research court records in person at no cost.  Public access terminals and indexes are available for public use.
 
Fee Schedule
The Court's Fee Schedule provides the current cost of research and copying services available.
 
Payment
You may pay for records searches and copying charges in person with cash, check, credit card, or money order.  Please do not submit cash or credit card information by mail.
 
Contact Us
If you would like to speak with someone regarding family law records, please call the Family Law Divisions at the telephone numbers listed below.  The Court does not provide research services over the telephone.
  • Hayward Hall of Justice and the Juvenile Justice Center: (510) 690-2702
  • George E. McDonald Courthouse, Alameda: (510) 263-4304
 
 

CRIMINAL RECORDS

Viewing Criminal Court Records
Many criminal court records are available to the public.  Depending on where the case was heard, it may be located at one of the Criminal Division locations.  To find out where the court records can be viewed, please call one of the Criminal Divisions (telephone numbers are listed below).  Please note that files may be viewed on the premises only.  Files may not be taken or removed from the designated areas at any time.
 
Criminal court records are not available online.
 
Hours of Service
Monday through Friday (except holidays), 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
 
Researching Case Information
You may submit a written request for criminal background research or you may review criminal files in person at our court locations.  If you are submitting a written request for assistance, please provide a specific name and as much other information as possible including case number(s), date of birth, and/or driver's license number.
 
If you are seeking information on a felony case dating from 1973 or earlier, you may use the public microfiche system located in the Criminal Division (Room 107) of the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse, or you may contact the California Department of Justice.

Fee Schedule
The Court's Fee Schedule provides the current cost of research and copying services available.
 
Payment
You may pay for records searches and copying charges in person with cash, check, credit card, or money order.  Please do not submit cash or credit card information by mail.
 
Contact Us
If you would like to speak with someone regarding criminal records, please call the Criminal Divisions at the telephone numbers listed below.  The Court does not provide research services over the telephone.
  • Rene C. Davidson Courthouse including the County Administration Building and U.S. Post Office Building, Oakland: (510) 891-6009
  • Hayward Hall of Justice: (510) 690-2703
  • Fremont Hall of Justice: (510) 818-7501
  • Gale-Schenone Hall of Justice, Pleasanton: (925) 227-6700



JUVENILE RECORDS

Juvenile Court records include the records maintained in the Juvenile Dependency Court legal file and records maintained by the social worked and the Social Services Agency (except any communications between the social worker and his/her attorney).  Juvenile Court records do not normally include police reports.
 
Persons who wish to have access to juvenile court records must petition the juvenile court pursuant to California Welfare & Institutions Code Section 827.  The petition must be submitted on the following Judicial Council form: JV-570.  For more information about submitting JV-570, please contact (510) 618-1100


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