Records Management

The Superior Court of California County of San Joaquin’s Records Management division is responsible for all of the court’s archived public records. We house records dating back to 1850.

The Records Management division is the main archival facility for the court. Most of the records maintained by records management are adjudicated. Records Management does have a destruction program and not all records may be available. Records counter clerks can provide additional information regarding destroyed records.

The court follows the guidance of the Judicial Council in providing consistent information to the public. Here are the Judicial Council policies.

New location 180 E Weber Ave, Stockton CA 95202
Hours: Monday – Friday; 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Phone: (209) 992-5697 answered daily from 8:00AM to 12:00PM

2nd Floor Counter for Criminal, Civil (includes Small Claims, Unlawful Detainer, Limited and Unlimited Civil), Appeals, Traffic and Juvenile

4th Floor Counter for Family Law, Family Support and Probate

Copies
Records Management offers copies in person, or by mail. You may order your file in person or by using our online request card (see Request On-Line)
NO COPIES ARE AVAILABLE VIA EMAIL

Copy Fees
Effective January 1, 2020 the following fees apply to copies of court public records:

Divorce Decrees (Dissolution of Judgment) certified $15.00
Divorce Decrees (Dissolution of Judgment) for any Public Agency $10.00
Any document CERTIFIED (other than Dissolution of Judgment) in Family Law, Family Support, Civil, Probate, Small Claims, Unlawful Detainer, Criminal and Traffic $ 40.00 plus copies
Copies of any document (NOT certified) $.50 per page per side

If submitting payment by MAIL please send check, money order or cashier check (NO CASH)
If personally picking up copies you can pay with cash, credit, debit, cashier check or money order (NO PERSONAL CHECKS)

Request On-Line
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 CHANGES
Due to COVID-19 court closure you can now submit your request for copies via email. Follow the instructions below on how to complete a case name search and complete the On-Line request card. Due to the fluctuating volume of requests Records Management staff will reach out to you in 24-48 hours after receiving your request.On-Line Request Card: You must know your case number to use this feature and you must provide a valid e-mail address so confirmation can be sent to you.

If you do not know your case number you can complete a case number search by using the public Case Management Search portal. For information on how to search for case information visit our Video Tutorials. If you are ready to begin your case search, go to Case Management Search.

Click on here to fill out the online request card. If the information you submit is incorrect, this will delay your request and you may be required to submit a new request. Please make every effort to enter accurate information, including your contact information, so Records Management staff can contact you if there is a question. Records Management staff will send a confirmation message in a return email.

Request by Mail

Form CR 109 Requests by mail should be sent to:

Superior Court of California – San Joaquin
Records Management
180 E Weber Ave. Ste 204
Stockton, CA 95202

The turn-around time for mail varies and is currently 25 work days from date received. Please note you must submit a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request for copies.

Research
Beginning June 15, 2020, the court will allow researchers to make an appointment to visit the second floor-view room in the Stockton Courthouse, and conduct research using one of the public kiosks.
ResearchersTo schedule an appointment time you must agree to the following conditions:

1) You must keep social distance and abide by the distancing measures that the court has sent in place.
2) Arrive promptly at the time of your appointment time and leave promptly at the end of your appointment. We will consider you late and reschedule you if you arrive more than 15 minutes late.
4) Do not come in if you are not feeling well.
5) To allow researchers the maximum amount of access to the court, researchers may not schedule consecutive appointment times.

If you agree to the terms above please follow the instructions below to submit your appointment request.

Go to www.sjcourts.org
Click on Support (upper left corner of court photograph)
Select Records Support from the drop-down arrow
Enter your name
Enter date of birth as 01011001
In the inquiry box enter the following information:
Researcher
Your mobile number or email (for appointment confirmation) Include the phone service provider for text notification. If none provided notification will be sent by email only.
Date of appointment and preferred appointment time (8-10:00, 10:00-12:00, 1-3:00, 3-5:00).
Click the Submit button
Records Management staff will send a confirmation text/email when your appointment time has been reserved. Do not appear at an appointment time until you have received a text/email confirmation.

For Genealogical and Archival Search
Our Records Management staff will assist you with any Genealogy and Archival search. Records staff will assist you to complete a research form. Records Management staff will respond within 7 business days from the date we took your research request with additional information or follow up instructions for copies.
IF I do not know my case number
If you do not know your case number, you will need to appear at any of the locations noted below during regular business hours to conduct your own research or you may pay the clerk to research for you. The rate is $15.00 for any search that takes longer than 10 minutes per name. Please note this court does not complete Criminal background checks. The name search function is to identify an existing case, not whether or not you were charged with a crime. If you need a criminal history showing all cases you have ever been convicted of please contact the Department of Justice at State of California Department of Justice
Request a copy of Criminal History Record Telephone: (916) 227-3849
http://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/security/Computer Terminals are available for you to complete your own case number search; they are located at the following locations: Manteca Branch Court located at 315 E Center St Manteca, CA 95336
Lodi Branch Court located at 315 W Elm St, Lodi, CA 95240
Stockton Courthouse 180 E Weber Ave, Stockton, CA 95202 – 2nd and 4th floors after 07/28/2017

Manteca Branch Court Records

The Manteca Branch Court maintains all current south county area cases.

Manteca Branch Court Location: 315 E Center St, Manteca, CA 95336
Business Hours:8:00AM to 5:00PM Click here for the current file location guide.
Phone Number: (209) 239-1316 from 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Request by Mail
Form CR 109 Requests by mail should be sent to:

Superior Court of California – San Joaquin
Manteca Branch
315 E Center St
Manteca, CA 95336

The turn-around time for mail varies and is currently 15 work days from date received. Please note you must submit a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request for copies.

If I do not know my case number
If you do not know your case number, you will need to appear at any of the locations noted below during regular business hours to conduct your own research or you may pay the clerk to research for you. The rate is $15.00 for any search that takes longer than 10 minutes per name. Please note this court does not complete Criminal background checks. The name search function is to identify an existing case, not whether or not you were charged with a crime. If you need a criminal history showing all cases you have ever been convicted of please contact the Department of Justice at:

State of California Department of Justice
Request a copy of Criminal History Record Telephone: (916) 227-3849
http://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/security/

Computer Terminals are available for you to complete your own case number search; they are located at the following locations:

Manteca Branch Court located at 315 E Center Street Manteca CA 95336
Lodi Branch Court located at 315 W Elm Street, Lodi Ca 95240
Stockton Main Courthouse 180 E Weber Ave. Stockton CA 95202 2nd and 4th floors after 07/28/2017.

Lodi Branch Court Records

The Lodi Branch Court maintains all current north county area cases.

Lodi Branch Court Location: 315 W Elm St, Lodi, CA 95240
Business Hours:8:00AM to 5:00PM Click here for the current file location guide.
Phone Number: (209) 992-5522 from 8:00AM to 5:00PM

Request by Mail
Form CR 109 Requests by mail should be sent to:
Superior Court of California
Lodi Branch
315 W Elm St
Lodi, CA 95240 The turn-around time for mail varies and is currently 15 work days from date received. Please note you must submit a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request for copies.
If I do not know my case number
If you do not know your case number, you will need to appear at any of the locations noted below during regular business hours to conduct your own research or you may pay the clerk to research for you. The rate is $15.00 for any search that takes longer than 10 minutes per name. Please note this court does not complete Criminal background checks. The name search function is to identify an existing case, not whether or not you were charged with a crime. If you need a criminal history showing all cases you have ever been convicted of please contact the Department of Justice at:

State of California Department of Justice
Request a copy of Criminal History Record Telephone: (916) 227-3849
http://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/security/

Computer Terminals are available for you to complete your own case number search; they are located at the following locations:

Manteca Branch Court located at 315 E Center Street Manteca CA 95336
Lodi Branch Court located at 315 W Elm Street, Lodi Ca 95240
Stockton Main Courthouse 180 E Weber Ave. Stockton CA 95202- 2nd and 4th floors after 07/28/2017