SLO Civil Cases
SLOCGS was privileged to be able to scan 84 rolls of filmed Civil Case Files.
Ginny Hall and her Staff at the SLO Superior Court, for finding the 'lost Civil Case Films' The Volunteer Abstractors: Joyce Bayless, Dianna Curtis, Julie George, Mary Hansen, Rich Miller, Greg Pisaño, Ingrid Penman, Laurie Pudwill, Vickie Valenzuela
The Master Index can be found here.
Individual Case files are available. Contact the SLOCGS Librarian
Case Files that are ordered from SLOCGS will only be available in the following format:
"Raw Data" - Scanned images that are not rotated or enhanced. The Pages were not always filmed with the orientation consistent, many of them were filmed upside down, and all of them were reversed. For Abstracting purposes, the pages had to be rotated and in some cases split out from the original scan. The number of Pages per File can be sent to you prior to ordering so that you will know the cost per Case. The majority of the Cases are less than 50 Pages
Documents ~ Explanations
Superior Court handles civil,
criminal, small claims, and
traffic courts for
The 16mm rolls of microfilm that the Supervisor of the Superior Court located and loaned to SLOCGS for digitizing contain documents of Civil Cases. These Cases were filmed in the early 1970's, but the latest dates we find are in the early 1950's.
The type of Case varies widely as do the number of pages per file. Some Cases may contain as few as two documents, while others could contain over a thousand.
far, we have found Property
Disputes, Divorces, Personal Injury,
vs Individuals, Water Right
Disputes, Insolvency, and
have also found single Case
Documents that appear to
be a listing of
filings that pertain to
These single, hand written pages do not have the name of the
adoptive parents, just the name of the child and the Attorney who is
representing the child.
We do not know if the name on the file is the birth name or
the adopted name. Here is a website that explains
We do not know if the name on the file is the birth name or the adopted name. Here is a website that explains
explanation of the data presented
in the Index: Information of a
nature is the focus of the
abstracting process. We are
not interested in
the resolution of the cases, but
it is something
that might be of value to a
The Index is
Plaintiff. The Names
represented in the Witness column
they are listed in the order
in the Documents.
The Index is sorted by Plaintiff. The Names represented in the Witness column is not alphabetical, they are listed in the order found in the Documents.
The Index contains the following information:
Number of the Roll of Film and Case Number
Names of both Plaintiff and Defendants [John and Jane Doe are not included nor are Corporations where the specific name is unknown]
Type of Case
Many of the Names in the documents are hand written and difficult to decipher. If we cannot figure out a name we used the following formula: Sm?th, Ja?ob - where the question mark represents a letter that cannot be clearly read. We do not attempt to correct mis-spelled names, nor do we guess at what a name might be.
quality of the film varies widely.
Once the images are digitized
and saved as
jpeg's, they are rotated and a
simple enhancement is
done. For abstraction
purposes, the images are not
straightened. The Files
converted to pdf's so that the
Abstractor can go through a whole
having to task back and forth
images. The very
early Case Files are
The very early Case Files are hand written documents.
Simple questions about the process can be answered, but until all the abstracting is complete, we have no way of knowing the Individuals involved, nor the type of Case.Site Updated: 27 October 2015
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