- General Information
- Inspecting or Copying Court Records
- View and Print Mediation Reports and Findings and Orders After Hearing
- Family Court File Request
Family Law records are public records subject to public inspection and copying, unless they are confidential by operation of law or sealed by the court. Parentage cases under the Uniform Parentage Act are confidential by operation of law and are only accessible to the parties named in the cases or their attorneys of record. However, if a party to a parentage case provides written consent and a copy of their valid state or federally issued photo identification to a person not named in their case, the file may be viewed and copied.
Documents within a court record may also be confidential, i.e. mediation reports, drug test results, psychological evaluations, etc. These documents may only be inspected and copied by the parties or their attorneys of record.
Valid state or federally issued photo identification
Acceptable forms of valid state or federally issued photo identification that are unexpired:
- Driver license
- U.S. Resident's Card (green card)
- State issued I.D.
- Military I.D.
- Voter's I.D.
If You Do Not Have a Case Number
If you do not know the case number, you may create an online account and pay a fee to look it up using the court's public case access system, or you may go to the courthouse in person to use the public kiosk located in room 102 at no charge. There is no need for a service ticket to use the kiosk.
Inspecting or Copying Court Records
Records are stored at the William R. Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse or at our offsite facility. The guidelines for requesting copies of records vary depending on where they are stored, whether you are a party, and whether you are representing a public agency. The various processes are as follows:
|Records||Are stored...||And may be obtained...|
|With case numbers starting with:
||At the courthouse. It may take 7 days to process and mail to the requestor.||By requesting them in person using the drop box or by mail. See instructions below.|
|Filed between 1937 and 1974||On microfiche and it may take 5 days to mail to the requestor.||By email at FLCopyRequest@saccourt.ca.gov.|
|Filed before 1937||At the Center for Sacramento History.||By contacting the Center for Sacramento History directly or by email at centerforsacramentohistory.org.|
|Adoption or Termination of Parental Rights cases||In Probate.||By calling (916) 875-3400.|
|That are not listed above.||At our offsite facility and may take 7-10 days to mail to the requestor.||By requesting them in person using the drop box or by mail. See instructions below.|
To inspect or obtain copy of records in person at William R. Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse, you must:
- Obtain a service ticket from Reception;
- Complete a public file request form received at the courthouse; and
- Provide the court with your valid state or federally issued photo identification;
- Ask the court to make your copies. In the alternative, you may make your own copies using the public copy machines.
You may also send a family member or friend, or hire a private agency to obtain your records. It is helpful if you have the case number before coming to the courthouse, but it can also be looked up using the public kiosk located in room 102.
To obtain a copy of records by mail or by using the drop box, you must complete a Request for Copies of Family Law Records and mail or drop it in the drop box at William R. Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse, 3341 Power Inn Road, Sacramento, CA 95826. The request must be accompanied with the fees or copy of the fee waiver, if applicable, and addressed to the Family Law Records Clerk.
To obtain copies of historical records that are on microfiche, you may send an email to FLCopyRequest@saccourt.ca.gov. Please provide the case name, case number and the records that are needed.
To obtain copies of Parentage cases under the Uniform Parentage Act, you may call us at 916-875-3400 or complete a Request for Copies of Family Law Records and mail or drop it in the drop box.
Public entities inside the state of California may request a copy of records by email at FLCopyRequest@saccourt.ca.gov. Please provide the case name, case number and the records that are needed.
Public entities outside the state of California may request a copy of records in person or by mail; the copy and certification fees pursuant to the court's fee schedule are required.
The drop box is located at the entrance of the William R. Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse and the building hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding court holidays).
Pursuant to Government Code Sections 70626 through 70628 - external link, copy and record search fees are as follows:
|Standard Copy||$0.50 per page|
|Certified Copy of Dissolution Judgment||$15.00 per certified judgment + Standard Copy Fee|
|Certified Copy of document or file||$40.00 per certified document or file + Standard Copy Fee|
|Exemplified Copy||$50.00 per case + Standard Copy Fee|
|Records Search||$15.00 if a case number is not provided|
|Postage fees||To be determined|