You may view family
law records at the civil clerk’s window at the Hanford Superior Court,
located at 1426 South Drive. The clerk’s office is open from 8:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays. Family Law
records filed from 1989 through the current year are housed onsite and may
be viewed during business hours. Files beginning in 1995 and older are
stored off-site and must be ordered to view. It can take 2 business days
to receive files from the off-site facility. Unfortunately, staff
is unable to research or look up case numbers over the phone.
A request for copies
of family law documents can be submitted in person or by mail. To
obtain copies of documents by mail, the following must be provided:
A check made
payable to "Superior Court of California, County of Kings.";
Print "Not to
exceed" (the amount you estimate the charge to be) in the lower
left-hand corner on the memo line of your check. Once your request is
filled, we will fill in the amount on the check. If the amount
submitted is not sufficient to cover the costs, the court will contact
you by mail or phone to obtain the correct amount;
self-addressed stamped envelope for return of documents;
Provide your case
number. If you do not know your case number, there will be a $15.00
search fee. Please provide the full names of the parties to the case at
the time the case was filed, including first, middle, and last names.
approximate year of filing and case number, if known;
State whether you
need a certified copy of the document (governmental agencies may require
Include your name,
address and phone number to ensure the return of documents and assess if
we need to contact you regarding any questions we may have about your
Submit your request
Superior Court of
County of Kings
1426 South Drive
Hanford, CA 93230
The following are
various fees that could be incurred:
50˘ per page to copy
$15.00 search fee;
$25.00 certification fee for court order(s);
$25.00 certification fee for a judgment;
$20.00 exemplify fee for a filed paper.
If the amount is not
sufficient to cover the costs, the court will contact you by phone or mail
to obtain the correct amount.
Depending on the age
of your file, your request may take three to six weeks to process.
If you wish to
obtain copies in person, the Family Law files are located in the
Civil Building in the Hanford Division of the Kings County Superior Court
at 1426 South Drive, Hanford. Please note: Divorce case files initiated prior to 1988,
are maintained at an off-site warehouse. When ordering in person, you
will need to make two trips to our office (one trip to order the file and
the second trip to review the file once received from the warehouse).