August 21, 2019

Research Window



Note: Most inactive cases are either on microfilm, microfiche, have been imaged or could be stored at off-site locations. Those cases stored off-site may take several days to retrieve. In those instances, you can complete a Research Request form and you will be contacted when the record is available.


Per page…$.50
Certification (per document)…$25.00
Searching records or files…$15.00*

*The $15.00 search fee may apply in the following instances:

  • If your file is housed at an off-site location
  • If you do not know your case number and the clerk must perform a record search for a case filed prior to 1995

For copy requests, you must provide:

  • The case number
  • Full names of plaintiffs or defendants
  • Year filed

Case number look up:

If you do not know your case number, you can search for a case number using the following resources:

  • (1972 – 1995) Microfiche is available for use at 1100 I Street in the Family Law Research Window area. Each index is alphabetized by case party last name
  • (1995 – Current) Case index Lookup on our Court's website

Large copy requests (100+ pages):

  • Must be paid in advance
  • A $50.00 deposit is required

Copies can be obtained in person or by mail.

In Person:

City Towers Courthouse
801 10th Street, 4th Floor
Modesto, CA 95354
Research Window (Window #5)
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Monday - Friday

By Mail:

City Towers Courthouse
Attention: Civil Division
801 10th Street, 4th Floor
Modesto, CA 95354

When mailing a copy request, you must provide the following:

  • A letter requesting what specific documents you would like copied
  • Case number and case name
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope with sufficient postage for returning your copies
  • A check or money order payable to Stanislaus County Superior Court which must include the $15.00 search fee plus copy request fees

If your copy request fees are unknown, you can write a check, leaving the amount blank and indicate “not to exceed” $5.00, $10.00 etc., depending on the anticipated costs.


Limited information is available on our case index look up. If you would like to view a file you can visit our office in person.

  • Picture ID is required to view files
  • Confidential cases can be viewed only by specific parties and only if picture ID is provided
Last updated: August 11, 2016 11:41 AM