California Court Case Management System

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The California Court Case Management System (CCMS) is the court case management system intended for use by the several courts of the judiciary of California, which includes the Supreme Court, 6 Courts of Appeal, and 58 Superior Courts.


Pursuant to California Rule of Court 2.506 and Government Code Section 68150(h), courts may impose fees for the costs of providing access to its electronic records.

Several superior courts do so, including Alameda, Los Angeles, Riverside, Sacramento, and San Diego, and the fees have been criticized by Thomas Peele as exorbitant and extraordinarily high, with the Alameda County Superior Court fees being the subject of a petition.[1][2]


Five Superior Courts—in Orange, Sacramento, San Diego, San Joaquin, and Ventura Counties—use CCMS version 3 to process civil cases; this represents approximately 25 percent of the civil case volume in California.[3] Fresno is the only Superior Court still using version 2 of CCMS. In August 2013, the Judicial Council approved funding for a system that will replace CCMS version 2 in Fresno.[4]


In 2002, the California Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) started the Second-Generation Electronic Filing Specification (2GEFS) project.[5]

After a $200,000 consultant's report declared the project ready for a final push, the Judicial Council of California scrapped the program in 2012 after $500 million in costs.[6]


The 2GEFS Court Filing 2.0 specification was based on experiences with the Legal XML Court Filing 1.0 (before it became OASIS Legal XML).[7]


On 10 December 2012 it was announced that the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court would use the Odyssey® court case management system from Tyler Technologies.[8]

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  1. ^ Peele, Thomas (25 July 2014). "Thomas Peele: Alameda Superior Court fees block public access". Contra Costa Times.
  2. ^ "Ask the Alameda County Superior Court to Reduce its Exorbitant Online Search Costs". Missing or empty |url= (help)
  3. ^ "Fact Check: Whatever Happened to CCMS". California Courts website. Archived from the original on 2014-04-15. Retrieved 2014-04-10.
  4. ^ "Council Allocates $92 Million of Trial Court Special Funds". California Courts website. 23 August 2013.
  5. ^ Beard, Jim (1 June 2004). "An Open-Source System for Electronic Court Filing". Linux Journal.
  6. ^ Krigsman, Michael (2 April 2012). "California abandons $2 billion court management system". ZDNet. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  7. ^ Vincent III, Winchel (16 November 2004). "2GEFS Lessons Learned Document" (PDF). xmlLegal. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-27. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  8. ^ "Superior Court of California, County of San Luis Obispo, Selects Tyler Technologies' Odyssey® Integrated Court Management System". Business Wire. 10 December 2012.

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