The Alameda County Superior Court has a page on its website that does a great job summarizing what Alameda County court records are available to the public and how to access the records – either online or in-person.
Restrictions apply for public access to family court and juvenile court matters. Probate court records are only available by going to the Berkeley Courthouse in person.
The link to the page is HERE.
Here is a link to a Word document including links with the information current as of 3/30/2017 – How to Access Case Information Alameda County Superior Court
Here is the currently available information:
|How to Access Case Information|
|Online||The public may access many case records (information and documents) online through DomainWeb or Odyssey Portal.|
|In Person||Individuals may research court records in person at no cost. Public access terminals and indexes are available for public use. To find out where a case record can be viewed, please call one of the Records Units at the telephone numbers listed below. Please note that files may only be viewed on the premises. Files may not be taken or removed from designated areas at any time.
Click here for hours of service.
|Research Assistance||You may request a records search in person or by mail; the Court does not provide research services over the telephone.
Please indicate in your search request which years you would like searched. There is a fee for each name searched. (Searching records or files, for each search longer than 10 minutes – $15
|For Help||If you would like to speak with someone about accessing records, please call the Records Units at the telephone numbers listed below. You may request a records search in person or by mail; the Court does not provide research services over the telephone.
|Fees & Payment||This link to the Fees provides the current cost of research and copying services available.
You may pay for records searches and copying charges in person with cash, credit card, or money order. You have the option of submitting Criminal Record Requests online and may pay for them using a MasterCard or Visa.
Please do not submit cash or credit card information by mail.
|Civil Records||Many non-confidential civil case records are available online through DomainWeb.||
Civil case records can be accessed in person at the following locations:
Rene C. Davidson Courthouse: 510-891-6005
George E. McDonald Hall of Justice:
|Criminal Records||The public may now view criminal case information via the Odyssey Portal. Public access does not include access to documents. Case information is available only for cases that have had any activity since 2005. This service is free and members of the public are not required to register.
Copies of non-confidential criminal case documents may be ordered online through the Criminal Record Requests portal. The copies will be mailed or emailed to you.
If you require a letter with an actual signature and court seal as documentation for immigration purposes, do not use the online Criminal Records Request portal. Instead, the request must be mailed to Gale Schenone Hall of Justice, 5672 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton, CA. 94588, Attn: Criminal Division.
Enclose a check or money order for .96 (per letter drawn on a US bank) payable to Superior Court, County of Alameda. Please do not send cash. Include the Requestor Name, Requestor Complete Address (mailing address), Requestor Phone Number, Defendant Name, Defendant Docket Number and Date of Birth.
|Information is available for many criminal cases opened since 1974.
*NEW* The public may now view criminal case information via Odyssey Kiosk, available on public terminals at select court locations. Public access includes access to public documents. Case information is available only for cases that have had any activity since 2005.
If you know the court location where the case was heard, please contact that location. If you do not know the court location please call one of the following Criminal Divisions:
-Rene C. Davidson Courthouse, Oakland:
-Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse, Oakland:
-Hayward Hall of Justice: (510) 690-2703
-Fremont Hall of Justice: (510) 818-7501
-Gale-Schenone Hall of Justice, Pleasanton:
For viewing felony cases prior to 1974, use the public microfiche in Room 107, 1225 Fallon Street, Oakland or contact the California Department of Justice.
|Family Law Records||Limited information about family law cases is available on DomainWeb. Family law case documents are not available online.||Family Law court records can be accessed in person at the following locations:
George E. McDonald Courthouse, Alameda:(510) 263-4304Hayward Hall of Justice, Hayward: (510) 690-2702Rene C. Davidson Courthouse, Oakland:(510) 891-6005
|Juvenile Records||Persons who wish to have access to juvenile court records must petition the juvenile court pursuant to California Welfare & Institutions Code Section 827. The petition must be submitted on Judicial Council form JV-570.
Juvenile Court records include the records maintained in the Juvenile Dependency Court legal file and records maintained by the social worker and the Social Services Agency (except any communications between the social worker and his/her attorney). Juvenile Court records do not normally include police reports.
For more information about submitting JV-570, please call the Juvenile Clerk’s Office at
|Probate Records||Images are available for documents filed after January 31, 2006, except for conservatorships, guardianships and confidential documents.||Probate court records can be accessed in person at the following locations:
Berkeley Courthouse: (510) 647-4439
|Traffic Records||You may look up your citation here.||Traffic Division’s database is now paperless. You may request a document from your case (e.g., citation, minutes, etc.) and staff at any Traffic Court location can print it for you.
|Adoption Records||Adoption records are confidential and access to adoption records may be obtained by court order only. For more information regarding adoption records, please call (510) 891-6003.|
|Administrative Records||Click here for more information about accessing judicial administrative records.|
|Vital Records||Vital records (e.g., birth, death, and marriage records) are maintained by the County. Click here for more information.|