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sunmoon728
12-10-2009, 09:27 PM
how can i get a copy of the court minutes from a case in LA county? is that what it's called? (court minutes?)

MitosWifee!
12-10-2009, 10:08 PM
how can i get a copy of the court minutes from a case in LA county? is that what it's called? (court minutes?)

I got a copy from my Husbands attorney..

D4C
12-10-2009, 10:41 PM
you can go to any la county court house and go to the criminal clerks window and they will print out the minutes for you. they do charge you to do it, but its only like 20 cents a page

sunmoon728
12-11-2009, 12:25 AM
what would i need? just the case number?

PTO-110524
12-11-2009, 08:54 AM
All you need is the defendant's name.

Are you talking about the transcripts of the case or maybe the Minute Order?

In either case, you can go to the clerk's office at the courthouse where the case was heard and get copies of whatever.

sunmoon728
12-11-2009, 01:30 PM
thankyou. i will go to the courthouse.

seekinginfo
12-12-2009, 11:38 PM
What is the difference from minutes and transcript?

D4C
12-13-2009, 08:25 PM
Minutes just go over the specifics like charges, sentencing, etc. Transcripts are the entire court preceeding word for word

seekinginfo
12-13-2009, 08:45 PM
Thank you :)

sunmoon728
12-13-2009, 11:38 PM
thankyou. then i guess i'll be asking for transcripts. :)

South Bay
12-17-2009, 10:55 AM
All you need is the defendant's name.

Are you talking about the transcripts of the case or maybe the Minute Order?

In either case, you can go to the clerk's office at the courthouse where the case was heard and get copies of whatever.

In addition to the name, in LA County the criminal case number must also be provided (available at: http://app4.lasd.org/iic/ajis_search.cfm (http://app4.lasd.org/iic/ajis_search.cfm)), and the clerks may charge up to $4.75 to perform the search to locate the case number (as allowed under the CA Government Code). But they will generally search one name for free, although not legally required to.

From the LA Superior Court website:

Name Indexing/Search Fees Or To Inquire About A Case

The Clerk’s Office will conduct a name index/name search when requested. Name searches are limited to cases filed within Los Angeles County. Requests for name indexes/name searches may be made in person in the Clerk’s Office or through the mail. Results may be picked up or returned by mail in a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Please refer to the current Fee Schedule (http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org/fees/main.htm) for name index costs, or contact the Clerk’s Office for more information or forms.

Name indexing and case disposition information is not provided over the telephone.

Disposition of cases is not given over the telephone.

(http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org/Criminal/ (http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org/Criminal/))

Ironically, I could not find the name indexing fee listed in their above Fee Schedule link, but other online LA Superior Court web pages do list it as $4.75, and I once had to request/demand that the index be made available to search at the downtown criminal courts building when the clerk insisted on performing the search and collecting the fee. (As I recall, I had to speak with several court supervisors and other personnel, and the index had to be located and set up in the clerk's office (it was a microfiche index at the time). It turned out that the court had been routinely charging everyone the $4.75 fee to search a name, and apparently no one else had taken them to task about the lack of an available index.)

When searching more than one name, the index should always be consulted to save the fees, and always insist that the index be made available in any CA courthouses not providing ready access to it. Most courthouses now have computerized indexes available, for both criminal and civil searches. If not available, sometimes the supervisor must be alerted, but eventually either the index will be made available, or the clerk will be directed to perform the search gratis.

South Bay Scott