Our Purpose

The Los Angeles County Bar Association makes this searchable database available free to its members who are sole practitioners and to firms in which all lawyers are members. Our primary purpose is to assist members in providing effective representation to their clients. We believe lawyers will find this database most useful for obtaining a variety of types of information about bench officers. By using this site, however, members can also obtain some limited information about specific mediators, arbitrators, referees, law firms and parties.

What is the Civil Register?

This database is derived from the Los Angeles Superior Court Civil Register and contains data from 1997 to the present. The Register includes information about general and limited jurisdiction civil cases from all districts, except cases filed in Van Nuys (general jurisdiction) before January 8, 2001. For each case filed, the Superior Court enters a brief description of all documents filed as well as decisions made and proceedings conducted by the Court. The Register also contains a description of the type of case as well as a list of the parties, law firms, referees, mediators, and arbitrators used. Information about how a judge rules on challenges, demurrers and motions is entered as well as the number of trial days. The verdict or judgment is generally not described.

It does not include the following: (1) Cases filed in Van Nuys (general jurisdiction) before January 8, 2001 and (2) certain limited jurisdiction cases with case numbers that begin with numerals. (Example: 05C11111) These limited jurisdiction cases can be accessed if you have the case number, but will not appear in any other search results, i.e. party names, etc.

This Site

Unlike the on-line Superior Court Register maintained by the Court which is only searchable by case number, this site is searchable by any criteria. By using this site, one can obtain information about the number of peremptory challenges filed against a judge, the number of days the judge spent in trial and information about how the judge ruled on particular types of motions over a given period of time. The documents themselves are not available on-line and are only available from the Court or the attorneys who prepared them.

Disclaimer and Agreement

Naturally, the Los Angeles County Bar Association warns users about the accuracy of the data. Any number of different court clerks entered the data over a period of years using different data entry procedures. As a result, the data likely contains errors and omissions.

Neither the Los Angeles County Bar Association nor any of its data or content providers shall be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon. By accessing this site, a user agrees not to redistribute the information found therein.

In order to keep our costs for this member benefit as low as possible, the Association reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to limit or deny access to those who use this service excessively or otherwise misuse or abuse this benefit.

This service is free for all LACBA members that are solo practitioners. All others must subscribe to this service by contacting Member Services at msd@lacba.org or 213-896-6560 Monday through Friday between 9 am and 4:30 pm.

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