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Case Information

Search Public Court Records or Hearings

You can look up all non-confidential, non-sealed, case types (Civil, Criminal, Family Law, Probate, Small Claims, Traffic, etc.) for cases after 1988 (1989 for South County Municipal cases).

Click on the button below  to search for public court records or hearings.  

Case Search

The Portal is generally available round-the-clock, except during maintenance windows. When those are known in advance, we will post a message beforehand on the Portal itself.

Please do not use the "Register" option on the Portal to apply for an account. An account is not required to search for public cases or hearings.

Hint: When using Smart Search on the Portal, you can use an asterisk 'wildcard' to search for a partial name (e.g. 'Smith, J*').

Case Information FAQs

Click on the topics and FAQs below for more information.

The Court is prohibited from displaying date of birth information pursuant to California Rule of Court 2.507  (Electronic access to court calendars, indexes, and registers of actions.).

No. Computers located at the courthouses also display public documents for case types where the court is prohibited from displaying them on the Internet. See California Rule of Court 2.503 

The data is live. As soon as information is updated in our system, it is available on the Portal.

The Portal is generally available round-the-clock, except during maintenance windows. When those are known in advance, we will post a message beforehand.

All non-confidential, non-sealed, case types are available (Civil, Criminal, Family Law, Probate, Small Claims, Traffic, etc.). Certain parties in the cases may be excluded from display.

Previously, there were three courts in Butte County: Butte County Superior Court, North County Municipal Court, and South County Municipal Court. The Butte County Superior Court, North County Municipal Court, and South County Municipal Court unified onto a single database system in early 1996. Butte County Superior Court cases are available from 1988 onward. North County Municipal Court cases are available from late 1985 onward. South County Municipal Court cases are available from 1989 onward. Cases filed from 1950 onward may be listed in the web index if there has been activity in the case after an electronic index was established.

Yes. Cases created after 2/19/2016 use this format: (Two-digit Year Code)(Case Type)(Number pool that may be shared between similar case types)

The Case Types are:

  • Appeals: AP
  • Civil-Unlimited and Limited: CV
  • Criminal Infraction: CI
  • Criminal-Felony: CF
  • Criminal-Misdemeanor: CM
  • Family Law-including AB1058: FL
  • Habeas Corpus: HC
  • Mental Health (PC1368, LPS, HC): MH
  • Post Release Community Supervision: PCS
  • Probate: PR
  • Small Claims: SC
  • State Parole Petitions: SPP
  • Traffic: TR
  • Unlawful Detainer: UD

Examples of criminal cases using the new format: 16CM00002, 16CF00003

Two things: that the case was converted from the Court's prior case management system, and that that particular piece of information did not exist in the old system. You will most often see this on Criminal cases under "charges", as the prior case management system did not maintain data regarding what date an offense was alleged to have occurred, only the date on which the case was filed. You may see this date in other areas as well, but the same underlying theory applies.

No. Visitors may periodically have to solve a CAPTCHA to use either the Smart Search or Search Hearings Features.

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