Accessing Your Juvenile Case File
You do not need a court order if you are a current or former foster youth and want to access your own case file. However, sometimes you will run into difficulty at the court clerk's office. We suggest printing out a copy of Welfare and Institutions Code § 827(a)(1)(C) and California Rule of Court 5.552 and showing the clerk if s/he denies your request to see your case file.
If the clerk insists on seeing a court order before providing you access to your file, fill out and file the following (you will have to serve the parties by first class mail or personal service):
- JV-569 Proof of Service - Request for Disclosure
- JV-570 Request for Disclosure of Juvenile Case File
- JV-571 Notice of Request for Disclosure of Juvenile Case File
- JV-572 Objection to Release of Juvenile Case File (does not need to be filed, serve blank copy) .
If you still have trouble accessing your case file after following the above suggestions, please call Advokids, 415-924-0587