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Los Angeles Area Court Records: Finding Aid
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Description
This collection contains historical court case files, minute books, and supporting materials, dating from 1850-1910, from Los Angeles area courts that have been placed on long-term deposit at the Huntington Library.
Background
The California Judiciary Act of 1851 established a court system that consisted of District, County, and Justice of the Peace courts. Los Angeles was a part of a district that also included San Bernardino and San Diego Counties. District courts had jurisdiction in civil cases where the disputed value exceed two hundred dollars, criminal cases, and probate disputes. The State Constitution 1879 replaced the district system with Supreme Court, District Courts of Appeal, and Superior Courts established for each county in the state. Justices of the peace and county justices served in different city and county courts, including Justices courts and county courts.
Extent
4,484 boxes + 541 bound volumes
Restrictions
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
Availability
Members of the general public may schedule appointments to view case files on-site during regular Huntington business hours by e-mailing readerregistration@huntington.org or by calling 626-405-2191. Access is granted for one case file at a time. Please note: appointments are required to view material from this collection and scheduling is subject to availability. Walk-ins are not permitted. Researchers should identify court case numbers and other pertinent information prior to making an appointment.