San Francisco Court

Find San Francisco 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.


Jerry Garcia Drug Court 40 John F Shelley Drive San Francisco CA 94134 415-392-9280


San Francisco Superior Civil Court 400 McAllister Street San Francisco CA 94102 415-551-4000

San Francisco Superior Criminal Court 850 Bryant Street San Francisco CA 94103 415-553-1159

San Francisco Traffic Court 805 Bryant Street San Francisco CA 94103

About San Francisco Courts

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

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

San Francisco court records are available to the public at the San Francisco 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 San Francisco Courthouses.

San Francisco Trial Courts

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

Appellate Court in San Francisco, California

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