criminal court records
Appeals Court Records Online
Appeals courts, both state and federal, frequently put their decisions online in both criminal and civil cases.
Check the website for an appellate court to see what's available.
State Appeals Court for Northern California
For state criminal cases in northern California that have been appealed, go to:
There you'll find a searchable database to locate information on a case, including searching by the name of the person appealing a case. Both criminal and civil appeals cases are listed.
Federal Appeals Court for Northern California
For federal criminal cases in Northern California that have been appealed, go to:
This site has the court's decisions available online, listed by date.
There's also a search engine at that page you can use to search by the last name of a defendant to try to locate a decision in a case appealed by that defendant.
To do this, click on the Advanced Search button. Then enter the last name of the defendant in the by Case Title box, and select Criminal in the by Case Type drop-down menu.