Tulare County Court

Find Tulare 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.


Dinuba Superior Court 640 South Alta Avenue Dinuba CA 93618 559-595-6400


Porterville Superior Court 87 East Morton Avenue Porterville CA 93257 559-782-3700

Tulare Superior Court 425 East Kern Avenue Tulare CA 93274 559-730-5500

Visalia Juvenile Court 11200 Avenue 368 Visalia CA 93291 559-738-2300

Visalia Superior Court 221 South Mooney Boulevard Visalia CA 93291 559-730-5000

About Tulare County Courts

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

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

Tulare County court records are available to the public at the Tulare 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 Tulare County Courthouses.

Tulare County Trial Courts

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

Appellate Court in Tulare County, California

Appellate Courts, or Courts of Appeal, hear appeals of decisions that are reached in Tulare 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. Tulare 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.