Did you know that LACBA has a unique, searchable database that can tell you more about judges, commissioners, parties and even opposing counsel than you thought possible?
It's called the Searchable Civil Register (SCR). You can learn more details about SCR.
You can access the SCR, but you’ll need your membership login (username and password) and a special access code.
To obtain the special access code for SCR, call Member Services Department at 213-896-6560.
LACBA regularly downloads the full Superior Court civil register (docket sheets), and has created a search engine allowing for searches by almost any criteria.
You can find out such things as:
• how many peremptory challenges (Section 170.6) filed against a judge in any given year (identify possible "difficult" judges to avoid or investigate)
• how many motions for summary judgment granted versus denied (does this judge tend to grant them?);
• how many days spent in trial (does the judge try cases or dispose of them by other means?);
• how many demurrers granted/denied (and with or without leave to
• how many SLAPP motions granted/denied;
• how many motions to compel granted/denied (should you invest the time for a motion?);
• how many continuances granted/denied; and much more.
How about the number and types of cases in which various parties, or an opposing law firm, have been involved?
Is your opposing party a vexatious litigant?
How many cases has she filed in the Superior Court? Which other firms has your client retained?