Public Records, Media, and Research Requests

Public Access to Judicial Administrative Records

California Rules of Court rule 10.500 sets forth comprehensive public access provisions applicable to judicial administrative records maintained by state trial and appellate courts, and the Judicial Council of California (the council).

The court will make identifiable judicial administrative records available upon request, unless the records are exempt from disclosure under Rule 10.500. Records may be subject to payment of a fee.

Requests should be made in writing and directed to:

Court Executive Officer
Superior Court, County of Sierra
100 Courthouse Square, 2nd Floor
Post Office Box 476
Downieville, CA  95936

Court Counter Hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Fax: (530) 289-0205

 

Media Requests

California Rules of Court rule  1.150 sets forth comprehensive public access provisions applicable to photographing, recording, and broadcasting court proceedings.   Except as provided by rule 1.150, court proceedings may not be photographed, recorded, or broadcast.  Media coverage may be permitted only on written order of the Judicial Officer.  Members of the media may submit a request by completing Judicial Council forms MC-500 and MC-510.  Email the completed forms to mediarequests@sierracourt.org.  The request must be made 5 court days prior to the hearing unless the Judicial Officer finds good cause to shorten the filing deadline.  Once the request is reviewed and approved by the Judicial Officer, a copy of the order will be provided to the requesting media.   

 

Research and Records

There are different types of research and records searches that can be requested by individuals, search companies, businesses or government agencies.  All search requests and copying are performed by a clerk or staff member employed by the Court.  Each service performed by the court requires a fee which needs to be paid before the research or copying of records can occur.  Please refer to the Records Related Fees on the State Civil Fee Schedule for more information.

Depending on how old the case that you are searching for is, most court files are accessible in the clerk’s office on the 2nd floor of the courthouse.  Case files that are closed and 10 years or older are kept at an off-site retention facility and take approximately five days to be delivered to the courthouse. 

In order to obtain copies or certified copies of a file or document, you may go to the Clerk’s office located at 100 Courthouse Square, 2nd floor, Downieville, CA,  or complete a Research and Copy Request form and mail it to Sierra Superior Court, P.O. Box 476, Downieville, CA 95936 or fax your request form to (530) 289-0205. 

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