Los Angeles County Courts and the Media Access Portal (MAP)

Los Angeles County Superior Court system established advance access to court documents and electronic case information through a new program called Media Access Portal or MAP.

Both individuals and media-type organizations can enter into a Media Access Portal Agreement This is a paid subscription which offers names searches, access to civil court documents and other features.  This information can be accessed from any location, 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

The subscription costs are as follows (including an informational spreadsheet from the Los Angeles Superior Court):

Paid Single User Subscription:   An individual can enter into a Single User Agreement - Paid Subscription (Form LASC ADM 126).  The annual cost is $750.

Paid Organization Subscription: Media organizations can enter into an Organization Agreement – Paid Subscription (Form LASC ADM 123).  This agreement will reporters who work for the organization to have MAP access. The media organization has two subscription options:  an annual subscription for up to 10 users for $3,500; or for an unlimited number of users for $5,000 per year.

Per the Los Angeles Superior Court:

“…Once the Agreement has been executed, including payment of the annual subscription fee, detailed instructions will be emailed to the Organization MAP Administrator. Users will be required to electronically sign an online Agreement that links the User to the Organization. The Organization MAP Administrator will be asked to electronically confirm any new User when a new User attempts to associate with the Organization’s subscription. With an Organization Subscription up to 10, Users may be substituted by the Organization MAP Administrator at any time. If 10 Users are already associated with the subscription, the Organization MAP Administrator will be required to remove an existing User to allow access to the new User – or – request a modification to an unlimited user subscription with the applicable increase in fee.

To register for a Media Access Portal Paid Subscription, complete the applicable subscription agreement (forms LASC ADM 123 or 126) and submit to: PublicInfo@LACourt.org. Please submit questions regarding MAP to PublicInfo@LACourt.org...”

Here is the Los Angeles Superior Court spreadsheet with information regarding what a subscription includes:

Online Services

Website Access

Available Anywhere

Paid Subscription Access

Available Anywhere

Name search – all case types*

Pay

Free

View registers of action and calendars – all case types*

Free

Free

View pre-filed civil complaints upon electronic submission

n/a

Free

View filed civil

documents

Pay

Free

PDF download of filed civil documents

Pay

Free

Civil case document update notifications

n/a

Free

Search for new civil filings by date/time

n/a

Free

View criminal, family law, mental health and probate documents**

n/a

n/a

Electronic purchase of PDF family and probate documents (and criminal, when available) ***

n/a

Available

Services are unavailable for juvenile records*

Footnote 3

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MEDIA ACCESS PORTAL TIER FEATURES INFORMATION Online Services Website Access Available Anywhere Paid Subscription Access Available Anywhere Name search – all case types* Pay Free View registers of action and calendars – all case types* Free Free View pre-filed civil complaints upon electronic submission n/a Free View filed civil documents Pay Free PDF download of filed civil documents Pay Free Civil case document update notifications n/a Free Search for new civil filings by date/time n/a Free View criminal, family law, mental health and probate documents** n/a n/a Electronic purchase of PDF family and probate documents (and criminal, when available) *** n/a Available Services are unavailable for juvenile records* Footnote 3 Footnote 3 *Per California Rules of Court, rule 5.552, Juvenile records are confidential. - MORE - **Per California Rules of Court, rule 2.503, the courts are prohibited from making Criminal, Family Law, Juvenile, Mental Health and some Probate documents viewable online from remote locations. Due to social distancing protocols, a prescheduled reservation is needed to view Family Law and Probate documents from the public terminals located throughout the courthouses. Courthouse Call Center telephone numbers can be found at: http://www.lacourt.org/newsmedia/ui/pdf/CALLCENTERPHONENUMBERSfinal.pdf ***Paid subscription access will allow an authorized User to purchase a PDF version of Family Law, Probate and Criminal documents (when available) which will be emailed to the User.

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