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Shasta County Court Records

Per Rule 2.502 of California Rules of Court, court records refer to the official collection of court orders, judgments, and filed documents the court maintains about a case. These records serve as evidence of legal decisions taken during a judicial process. The Superior Court hears all court cases in Shasta County, California, and the clerk of the Superior Court is responsible for keeping the resulting court records. Information typically found in Shasta County court records includes case information, exhibits, dockets, calendars, and judgments.

Are Court Records Public in Shasta County?

Yes, court records are a part of Shasta County public records under the California Public Records Act. This means that under normal circumstances, members of the public have unrestricted access to Shasta County court records. However, there are selected records that are exempt from public disclosure. These include records pertaining to:

  • Juvenile dependency
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Adoption
  • Family conciliation court

The court may also seal a record if there is reasonable cause for its confidentiality.

Shasta County Court Records Search

Individuals can utilize any of the following means to conduct a court record search in Shasta County:

Shasta County Court Records Search by Name

A court record name-based search involves locating a court record using the name(s) of the person(s) on the record. This can be done by visiting the courthouse and making a request to the Clerk of Court. Obtaining a copy of a court record from the clerk will cost a fee, depending on the nature and volume of the record. The court record search tool on the Superior Court's website can also be used to conduct a name-based court record search. Users can search for the record by inputting the person's name in the "last, first middle name suffix format". Additional filters are available to streamline the search results further.

Shasta County Courts

Shasta County's Court System comprises the county's Superior Court. The Superior Court of Shasta County has twelve divisions as follows:

  • Appeal
  • Civil
  • Criminal
  • Collections
  • Family law
  • Finance
  • Juvenile Court
  • Marshal
  • Probate
  • Small claims
  • Traffic
  • Unlawful detainer

These divisions handle all court cases in the county.

There is one main courthouse in the county that houses all departments and courtrooms. The courthouse is located at:

1515 Court Street,
Redding California 96001

Shasta County Superior Court Case Search

The Superior Court of Shasta County is responsible for maintaining all Shasta County court records. To access the court records in the custody of the Superior Court, inquirers may visit the Clerk of Court's office to request the records. The requester is typically required to provide a party name or case number to facilitate the search. If the search process exceeds 10 minutes, the requester may be charged $15. A certified copy of the court record typically costs $0.50 per page and $40 per document. However, copies may be obtained for free if they are about a restraining order case or if the requester has a fee waiver. If the record sought is confidential (e.g., a juvenile record), the requester must prove their eligibility to obtain a copy.

Alternatively, inquirers can access court records online using the Superior Court's search portal. A search can be conducted using the party name or court case number. The user can use the portal's search filters to narrow the search results further. These filters include:

  • General options (location, search type, cases, and judgments)
  • Party search criteria (party name, nickname, sounds like, business name, FBI number, SO number, and booking number)
  • Case search criteria (case type, case status, date range, judicial officer)
  • Judgment search criteria (judgment type, judgment date range)

Shasta County District Court Records

Shasta County only operates a Superior Court. It does not have a district court. The Superior Court handles all cases and maintains their respective records.

Shasta County Criminal Records

The law enforcement records unit of the County Sheriff's Department is tasked with the storage and dissemination of Shasta County criminal records. Criminal records are created following an individual's arrest. Arrest information pertains to the person's alleged offense and detention. Shasta County arrest records are accessible to the general public; however, the local criminal history record is only accessible to the subject of the record and authorized personnel.

To obtain a criminal history record in Shasta County, the subject of the record must complete the Local Criminal Record application (Which can also be obtained in person at the Sherriff's Office). The applicant may submit the application alongside a valid photo ID in person at the Sheriff's Office at:

Shasta County Sheriff's Office
300 Park Marina Circle
Redding, CA 96001
Phone: (530) 245-6025

The application can also be submitted via mail along with the following:

  • A valid photo ID
  • A set of the applicant's fingerprints on the original card. Copies are not allowed. The fingerprints should be placed on a standard fingerprint form, known as FD-258.

The mailing address is the same as the office address highlighted above.

The request will be denied if any information on the Local Criminal Record application is incorrect.

When fingerprints are not required, a fee of $25 must accompany the application. Payment can be made in cash, U.S. money order, certified local check, personal check, or a cashier's check payable to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office. If fingerprints are needed, the applicant may use the Sheriff's Office Live Scan Fingerprint Station. The Live Scan digitally transmits the fingerprints to the California Department of Justice. The fingerprints may be imprinted onto the fingerprint card if the individual wishes. Requesters will be required to submit a duly completed Request for Live Scan Service Form, a valid photo ID, and a minimum processing fee of $25 to utilize the Live Scan service successfully.

Shasta County Criminal Court Case Lookup

Records of criminal cases tried in the county's court are maintained by the Criminal Clerk of the Superior Court. These criminal court records can be obtained by contacting the Criminal Clerk's Office in person during business hours, through email, or by phone at (530) 245-6789. The requester will have to either provide the name of the party on the record or the case number to facilitate the record search. The Clerk's Office charges a $15 fee should the search exceed 10 minutes. If the criminal court record is found, the requester will have to pay to have the clerk make copies of the record.

Criminal court records are also available on the Superior Court's online database, accessible through the search tool on its website. The party name or case number can be used to perform a direct search of the record. The user can use the advanced filtering options to optimize the search process. Confidential criminal court records are not available online; they can only be accessed at the Clerk of Court's Office. Certified copies of a criminal court record can also not be obtained online, only at the Clerk's Office.

Get Shasta County Civil Court Records

A Shasta County civil court record is a document pertaining to a civil suit filed or heard within county limits. Civil cases are those pertaining to:

  • Legal disputes between two parties seeking compensation for damages
  • Enforcing a contract
  • Settling real or personal property disputes

The Civil Division of the Superior Court of Shasta County handles all civil cases. The cases handled by the division include unlawful detainer actions, conversation actions, breach of contract actions, tort-personal injury or property damage actions, and small claims.

Individuals can request a civil court record by contacting the Civil Division in person by email, mail, or telephone at (530) 245-6789. If the record is available, the Civil Clerk's office informs the requester. The fees to obtain copies of a civil record are the same as those for a criminal record.

Civil court records can also be accessed online via the Superior Court's website search tool. The requester can search by name or case number and use the advanced filtering options to look up the record of interest. Confidential civil court records are only accessible at the Clerk's Office and only to persons authorized by law or court order.

Shasta County Family Court Records

The Shasta County Superior Court Family Law Division hears domestically inclined cases. These include cases of child custody, domestic violence, dissolution of marriage, civil harassment, and workplace violence. The Civil Clerk of the Superior Court is the custodian of family court records. Since family court records fall under civil records, obtaining a family court record is the same as a civil court record with minor peculiarities. In some instances, family court records are only available to the parties involved and authorized persons. The Civil Clerk of Court can be contacted to request family court records. The fees for obtaining copies of the court records are the same as other civil court records.

Family court records are available online through the Superior Court's search portal. A search can be done using the case number or party name, as well as the advanced filtering options. Once the necessary information has been entered, the portal displays a list of non-confidential court records that match the input criteria.

Shasta Dissolution of Marriage Records

A dissolution of marriage is the legal process of ending a marriage. The Family Law Division of the Superior Court handles dissolution of marriage cases. Dissolutions may be contested or uncontested. A contested action takes longer since the couple disagrees on some issues. An uncontested action is straightforward and does not require the court's intervention, as the couple agrees to all terms of the divorce. A summary dissolution of marriage is more straightforward, but the couple will need to satisfy the following eligibility requirements:

  • The marriage is not older than five years from the time the action was filed
  • The couple has no children by birth or adoption with no existing pregnancy
  • Both parties have no interest or ownership in real estate
  • Neither party requires spousal support
  • The couple's combined or individual property is less than $40,000
  • Their joint or separate debt is less than $6,000
  • Both spouses agree to relinquish their rights to appeal or move for a fresh trial

The Civil Clerk of Court maintains the repository of Shasta County's dissolution of marriage records. The clerk can be contacted for access to the records.

Dissolution of marriage records are also managed on the Superior Court's online database. Interested parties can utilize the search tool to find documents of interest.

Shasta County Marriage and Divorce Records

To get married in Shasta County, a marriage license must be obtained from the County Clerk's Office. After the marriage ceremony, the license is returned by the applicant for recording. Public marriage licenses are returned to the County Recorder's Office for documentation, and confidential marriage licenses are returned to the County Clerk for recording.

The Recorder is the primary custodian of Shasta County marriage records. A marriage record can be obtained from the office in one of three ways:

In-person request: In-person applicants for a marriage record must begin the process from the Assessor-Recorder Self-Service Website before visiting the office. The Vital Records section of the website allows the user to begin the application by filling in the appropriate answers to the questions asked at each step. At the end of the online application, a filled application form reflecting the applicant's answers is made available to be printed and taken to the Recorder's Office. The Recorder's Office is located at:

Shasta County Recorder
1450 Court Street, Suite 208
Redding, CA 96001-1670

Mail-in request: Applicants can download the Marriage Certificate Application form from the forms section of the Recorder's website, properly fill it out, and forward it to the Recorder's Office address. The request is processed in 1-3 days.

The approved third-party vendor: Individuals can request a marriage certificate through the Recorder's Office-approved third-party vendor. Applying through the vendor will attract additional costs, and the request will be processed in 1-3 days.

To successfully apply, you need the marriage date, the names of both parties, any names used before the wedding, and a mailing address to receive the certificate (if applicable).

Obtaining a marriage certificate costs $17, plus a service charge if the process is initiated through a third-party vendor.

Under Health and Safety Code §103526, only authorized persons can obtain a certified copy of a marriage certificate. Unauthorized persons only have access to a certified informational copy. Persons authorized to obtain a certified copy of a marriage certificate are:

  • The subject of the record, parents or legal guardian
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, brother or sister, spouse, or domestic partner of the registrant
  • Persons authorized by court order
  • A law enforcement official, or a representative of a government agency conducting official business
  • The registrant's attorney

Divorce records are in the custody of the Family Law Division of the Superior Court. Interested parties may contact the Clerk of Court or use the court records search portal on the Superior Court's website to locate them.

Shasta County Birth and Death Records

Shasta County birth and death records, alongside marriage records, comprise Shasta County vital records. These records help track and adequately document the county's births and deaths.

The County Recorder is responsible for recording and disseminating Shasta County birth and death records. Obtaining a birth or death certificate from the Recorder's office is similar to receiving a marriage certificate.

An in-person application begins from the Assessor-Recorder Self-Service Website. The applicant selects the relevant record, answering the questions asked. A printable application form duly filled with the applicant's responses is made available for download. The application is taken to the office for processing.

For mail-in requests, the requester can download the Birth Certificate Application or Death Certificate Application form. Once downloaded and completed, the application should be mailed to the Recorder's Office address.

Alternatively, applicants can choose to process their application through the department's approved third-party vendor (this will incur additional costs). Applications through the third-party vendor and mail-in requests take 1 to 3 days to process.

Health and Safety Code §103526 permits only authorized individuals to access a certified copy of a birth or death record. The general public can only access a certified informational copy.

Persons authorized to obtain a certified copy of a birth or death certificate are:

  • The subject of the record, parent or legal guardian
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, brother or sister, spouse, or domestic partner of the person
  • Persons authorized by court order
  • A law enforcement official or a representative of a government agency conducting official business
  • A lawyer advocating for the applicant or estate of the applicant

A funeral director may also have access to a certified copy of a Shasta County death record under certain circumstances.

To locate a birth record, the applicant must provide the child's full name, date of birth, mother's full maiden name, place of birth, and signed sworn statement. For a death record, the applicant must provide the decedent's full name, date of death, place of death, date of birth (if known), and a signed sworn statement.

Shasta County Probate Court Records

Shasta County probate records are documents relating to court proceedings and judgments about the estate of a deceased person. The Probate Division of the Superior Court supervises all probate cases in the county. Like other civil records, probate records can be obtained at the Civil Clerk of Court's office. However, confidential records will only be released to authorized persons.

The requester may also search for a probate record on the Superior Court's record search portal. A probate record search can be done with the case number or the name on the record. Not all information may be seen on documents found on the online database. The user must visit the Clerk of Court if the information found is unsatisfactory.

Shasta County Property Records

A Shasta County property record contains information about a real estate property. The County Assessor maintains and disseminates Shasta County property records. Individuals can obtain a property record by contacting the assessor's office at:

Shasta County Assessor
1450 Court Street, Suite 208A
Redding, CA 96001-1667
Phone: (530) 225-3600
Toll Free: 1(800) 479-8009
Fax: (530) 225-5673

Inquirers can also use the Online Assessment Inquiry portal on the assessor's website. A property search can be done using the fee parcel, assessment number, boat CF number, and aircraft tail number. Property information usually includes the assessment ID number, tax rate area, current document number, last record date, Assessment description, and property value.

Shasta County Court Records Online

Members of the public can also choose to access court records through online third-party aggregate sites like Californiacourtrecords.us. These websites generally allow customers to access a wide range of court records hassle-free. However, there are several limitations a user may face when using these services, such as the accuracy or completeness of the acquired record. Third-party sites are also limited in the kinds of records they maintain, as confidential records are usually exempt from public disclosure. These records can only be obtained by querying the custodian's office with adequate legal permission. The vendors typically charge a fee for the use of their services. The cost generally depends on the range of services offered and the owner's discretion.

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