Kern County Court

Find Kern County California courts and courthouses, such as federal, state, district, superior, criminal, common, circuit, judicial, judiciary, divorce, appeals, family, traffic, and small claims courts. Courts provide information on legal cases, law documents, case searches, and appeals.


Bakersfield Juvenile Court 2100 College Avenue Bakersfield CA 93305 661-868-4270


Bakersfield Superior Court 1415 Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield CA 93301 661-868-5393

Delano Superior Court 1122 Jefferson Street Delano CA 93215 661-720-5800

Kern County Superior Court 1215 Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield CA 93301 661-868-7207

Lamont Superior Court 12022 Main Street Lamont CA 93241 661-868-5800

Shafter Superior Court 325 Central Valley Highway Shafter CA 93263 661-746-7500

Taft Superior Court 311 North Lincoln Street Taft CA 93268 661-763-8566

About Kern County Courts

Courts in Kern County, CA are government institutions that resolve legal disputes in accordance with local Kern County and California law and are housed in Kern County courthouses. Courts are divided into Criminal Courts and Civil Courts. In Kern County Criminal Courts, the government prosecutes a case against parties accused of breaking the law. In Kern County Civil Courts the Court resolves disputes between citizens.

You may contact Courts for questions about:
  • Kern County court records and judgments
  • Law documents, filings and case records
  • Appealing Kern County court judgments
  • Court calendars and dockets
  • Kern County background checks
Kern County Court Records

Kern County court records are available to the public at the Kern County Courthouse. Records vary by specific court, however, commonly requested public records include copies of court decisions, court filings and records, court dockets and calendars, people and background check information as well as criminal records.

About the US Court System

The United States Legal System is comprised of a Federal Court System and Fifty State Court Systems which hear cases at Kern County Courthouses.

Kern County Trial Courts

Kern County Courts, where cases are heard for the first time, are where both sides, the prosecutor and defendant present evidence to argue and support their versions of events. A jury usually decides the outcome of cases and a single judge presides over the court room.

Limited Jurisdiction Court

Limited Jurisdiction Courts in Kern County are typically limited to hearing only cases about small claims, traffic and driving violations, and misdemeanor offenses. Other courts of limited jurisdiction include Kern County Probate Courts and Kern County Family Courts.

Appellate Court in Kern County, California

Appellate Courts, or Courts of Appeal, hear appeals of decisions that are reached in Kern County Trial Courts. A judge or a panel of judges presides over the appellate process and decides the outcome of the trial rather than a jury.

California Federal Courts

Federal Courts are divided into Trial Courts and Appellate courts. Kern County Federal Courts are divided into Courts of General Jurisdiction and Courts of Limited Jurisdiction. General Jurisdiction Courts preside over all matters of cases, whereas Courts of Limited Jurisdiction are limited by their scope. Federal Courts in California are referred to as Superior Courts or District Courts and have jurisdictional authority over defined geographic areas.

Twelve Circuit Courts comprise the US Appellate Court System with the United States Supreme Court at its head. Appellate Courts in California state are similar to the Federal System, whereas multiple appellate courts hear cases within a defined geographic area, governed by the highest State Court, the California Supreme Court.