Copies of Files

Most civil court files are public records and may be viewed and copied by anyone.


To obtain a copy of a file or a document in a file, a person may:

  1. Appear in person at the Civil Legal Process filing counter and make your request. Prior to appearing, it is suggested that the Civil Division be called to determine if the file is available. Not all files are retained on-site, and it may take up to two weeks to get the files delivered to the courthouse.
  2. Hire a private agency to assist you.
  3. Write a letter to the court including the required fees for copying and research, the case number if known, the names of the parties, the name of the document if copies of a specific document are being requested and as much other information as can be provided. Also, a self-addressed stamped envelope must be included for mailing the copies to the person requesting them. See the Uniform Fee Schedule for amount of fees. You may be able to determine the amount of the fees by checking the court's Uniform Fee Schedule.