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Presentations: How to Use SCR

Frequently Asked Questions

What is SCR?
SCR enables you to search and view court summaries from the Los Angeles Superior Court Civil Register.
It 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, 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.

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:

  • Limited jurisdiction cases with case numbers that begin with numerals (Example: 05C11111).
  • Family Law Cases.
  • Probate Cases.
  • Civil Case Number Prefix Matrix.

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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:

  • Bench officer.
  • Pre-established keyword/phrase (e.g. affidavit of prejudice, peremptory challenge, summary judgment granted).
  • Any keyword you type in.
  • Case type.
  • Time period.
  • Party or party type, such as mediator, arbitrator, referee, sole practitioner or law firm.
  • Or by case number only.
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:

  • Peremptory challenges filed.
  • Demurrers sustained with or without leave to amend.
  • Motions for summary judgment granted and denied.
  • Days spent in trial.
  • Attorneys' fees awarded.
  • Injunctions granted or denied.
  • Motions for new trials granted or denied.
  • Class actions certified.
  • Arbitration awards vacated.
  • Continuances granted and denied.
  • And more.
Also available:
  • The identity of law firms and lawyers who have appeared before specific bench officers.
  • The identity of judges, commissioners, parties, sole practitioners and law firms who have used specific mediators, arbitrators and referees.
  • The identity of parties with civil actions in the Superior Court.
  • Information regarding former judges and commissioners who currently serve as private judges.
  • Information regarding specific types of cases, (e.g. asbestos, professional malpractice, etc.).
The documents themselves are not available on-line. They are solely available from the Court or the attorneys who prepared them.

Practical use scenarios?

  • Scenarios for practical daily work
  • The statistics regarding the frequency of events enable you to strategize for more efficient results in managing cases.
  • Gather Information. Learn about the playing field.
    • Scenario:
    • How often does JUDGE JUDY Grant or deny a Summary Judgment?
    • The fee you bill to your client might be as much as $25,000
    • So, why not find out what the chances are first?
      • Example: Search on:
      • Summary Judgment granted or denied.
      • In the same Time Period.
      • For the same Judge.
      • Example: Judge Paul Boland – Summary Judgment Granted – 2000 to 2002
      • Results:
      • 15 Proceedings granted out of 20 Cases
    • This information helps you make a wise decision for your client.
    • See more Practical Use Scenarios..

What information is available about Judicial Officers?

  • Affidavits of Prejudice filed.
  • Demurrers sustained with or without leave to amend.
  • Motions for summary judgment granted or denied.
  • Days spent in trial.
  • Attorneys' fees awarded.
  • Injunctions granted or denied.
  • Motions for new trials granted or denied.
  • Class actions certified.
  • Arbitration awards vacated.
  • Continuances granted or denied.

What information is available about a case?

  • Parties.
  • Counsel of Record.
  • Judicial Officer(s).
  • Pleadings Filed.
  • Upcoming Hearings.
Also available:
  • Identity of law firms and lawyers who have appeared before specific bench officers;
  • Identity of judges, commissioners, parties, sole practitioners and law firms who have used specific mediators, arbitrators and referees;
  • Information regarding former judges and commissioners who currently serve as private judges;
  • Information regarding specific types of cases, e.g. asbestos, professional malpractice, etc.

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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).

How do I sign up?
To sign up, please contact our Member Services Department at
(213) 896-6560, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you prefer, you may ask any questions and/or make arrangements via email to msd@lacba.org

What is the cost?
Access to the database is *free to law firms and corporate law department in which all Los Angeles lawyers are Association members. Where all lawyers practicing in Los Angeles are not members, the following annual price schedule applies:

*See Above

Free

Solo Practitioner

$100

2 - 6 Lawyers

$250

7 - 19 Lawyers

$500

20 - 29 Lawyers

$1000

30 - 39 Lawyers

$1500

40 - 59 Lawyers

$2000

60 - 99 Lawyers

$3000

100 - 199 Lawyers

$5000

200+ Lawyers

$7000

What are the disclaimers & agreements?
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 Los Angeles County Bar 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.

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