What is the purpose of SCR?
The Los Angeles County Bar Association makes its Searchable Civil Register (SCR) available free to its members who are sole practitioners and to firms whose lawyers are all members.
We aim primarily to assist members in providing effective representation to their clients. Lawyers find SCR extremely useful in delivering deep and broad information about bench officers. Moreover, members can obtain information and statistics about specific mediators, arbitrators, referees, law firms and parties.
The statistics provide you with useful intelligence for analyzing and comparing tendencies among judicial officers and other factors in court, enabling you to plan and strategize your case.
What kind of cases are included?
The Register includes information about general and limited jurisdiction civil cases.
Are any types of cases not included?
These types of cases are not included for field and open searches: criminal, probate, and family law. However, you can search these types of cases by case number.
What cases are omitted?
SCR does not include the following:
1) Cases filed in Van Nuys (general jurisdiction) before January 8, 2001.
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.
What courts does SCR cover?
The Register includes information from all Superior Court districts in Los Angeles County.
What dates does SCR cover?
It covers the period from January 1, 1997 to the present, with the exception of cases filed in Van Nuys (general jurisdiction), which begin January 8, 2001.
Is a case number required?
General jurisdiction cases can be searched by name of party or counsel, by judge, key word or by case number.
However, you can search for the following types of cases only by Case Number:
What does SCR deliver?
Unlike the on-line Superior Court Register maintained by the Court, which is only searchable by case number, SCR is searchable by any criteria, such as by:
Using these search criteria becomes self-explanatory, as you will see from the search form that appears once you login to the SCR.
The most useful results are derived from searches that combine a specific bench officer (e.g. judge), keyword/phrase, and a timeframe.
The documents themselves are not available on-line and are only available from the Court or the attorneys who prepared them.
The search engine is limited to producing no more than 500 results per search and contains data from 1997 to the present.
What are the information & statistics?
Search results deliver summaries of court actions as well as lists of related documents and parties. SCR presents this information along with statistics — the number of their occurrences within a time period — which enable you to track and compare trends in the court such as the tendencies of judicial officers and other parties regarding:
The documents themselves are not available on-line. They are solely available from the Court or the attorneys who prepared them.
Practical use scenarios?
What information is available about Judicial Officers?
What information is available about a case?
How does this differ from the Court's Web site?
The Court's database is searchable by case number (at no charge) or by name (for a fee). LACBA'S Searchable Civil Register can be searched by any criteria (or combination of criteria). Unlike the on-line Superior Court Register maintained by the Court, which is only searchable by case number, SCR is searchable by any criteria.
Can I get copies of pleadings online?
Copies of pleadings can be purchased directly from the Superior Court. Contact them at OnlineServices@lasuperiorcourt.org to set up your account.
How many search results are returned?
A maximum of 500 results are returned. If you receive 500 results, try to limit your search criteria (for example, by narrowing the date range) and do another search, so that you are sure you have received all results.
Is telephone support available?
Telephone Support is available during business hours (8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday).
The costs of the Searchable Civil Register varies depending on how many attorneys use it at each firm. See the price chart below: