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Civil Division

Civil Cases

A civil matter involves a lawsuit in which one party sues another to:
• Recover money, real property or personal property,
• Enforce a contract or an obligation,
• Collect damages for injury,
• Protect some civil right.

Case Records Search PORTAL

Please continue to use the Case Records Search page to find details on the case.  Then click the button below to go to the portal to search records.

Court Case Records

Civil Court Fees: 

Pursuant to the government Code the court must charge for the various documents filed and issued. A fee schedule is available online on this web site and at the Clerk's Office.

If a party cannot afford to pay court fees, a fee waiver may be granted, upon request. Information on the fee waiver and application form may also be obtained at the Clerk's Office.

Click on the button below to find the filing fees.

Filing Fees

After Hours Filing

Drop boxes are available for filings each day, Monday through Friday. In the Civil Office in Santa Barbara, the drop box is available until 5pm; in Lompoc, until 4pm; in Santa Maria, the drop box is available 24 hours per day.

Assuming they are acceptable for processing, documents placed in the drop box prior to the end of day (5pm in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, and 4pm in Lompoc) will be processed as of the court date they were deposited. Documents placed in the drop box after the end of day will be processed as of the next court date. If problems are encountered with the filing (improper fees, mandatory information missing, not timely, etc.) the Clerk's Office will make every effort to contact you before documents are returned to you.

Court Interpreters:

See Court Interpreters page for information.


A number of local Court forms and Judicial Council forms are available online by clicking the button below.

Local Santa Barbara Superior Court Forms

Forms may also be obtained in person from the following offices:

Anacapa Division
1100 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 882-4520

Lompoc Division
115 Civic Center Plaza
Lompoc, CA 93436-6967 
(805) 737-5452

Cook Division
312-C East Cook Street
Santa Maria, CA 93456-5369
(805) 614-6414

Legal Advice and Attorneys:

Employees of the court are not permitted to give legal advice, assist in the selection of forms or assist with the completion of forms. Legal problems can be reduced or avoided in consulting an attorney. (GC 24004, 68082)

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