Sacramento Superior Courts to Restrict Online Case Access, Gouge Public For Revenues

May 1, 2014 | In what can only be described as an out-and-out money grab, the Sacramento Superior Court system will effectively clo...


May 1, 2014 |

In what can only be described as an out-and-out money grab, the Sacramento Superior Court system will effectively close the door on free public access to its online criminal and civil case information.

According to information posted on the court's website, the public will no longer be able to access criminal and civil case filings without first paying a hefty fee. The change will take place effective July 1, 2014.

The court's statement says "Effective July 1st, 2014, name searches and document downloads will incur a public access fee that reimburses the Court for the cost of providing public access to its electronic records. A credit card is required for payment of these fees. If you want to see documents on a case you are part of and have an approved fee waiver, you must come to the court to view your documents for free."

Documents can still be viewed for free using one of the court's public computers at the courthouse. Print fees for documents will still apply.

The fees are as follows:


  • $1.00 for one (1) name search
  • $3.50 for five (5) name searches
  • $25.00 for 75 name searches
  • $250.00 for 30 consecutive days of unlimited name searches
  • $2,500.00 for 365 consecutive days of unlimited name searches
Following the name search, and once you find the case of interest, the charges continue:

  • $1.00 per page for the first five (5) pages of a document
  • $0.40 per page for each additional page up to a maximum of $40.00 per document.
So much for free access to our documents. 




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Anonymous said...

Transparency!

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