Cases are published in books called reporters. Although today cases are usually accessed online, case citations still refer to print reporters.
For example, Perez v. Sharp, 32 Cal. 2d 711, 198 P.2d 17 (1948) means the case begins on page 711, volume 32, of the second edition of the California Reports (Cal. 2d) and on page 17, volume 198, of the second edition of the Pacific Reporter (P.2d)
Almost all California cases are published in two competing sets of reporters:
Cases are decisions made by courts in lawsuits or criminal prosecutions. Cases interpret and apply statutes and regulations and may also create and refine "common law" (laws created solely by the courts.)
Sources of California cases include:
Dockets are lists of court documents filed by the parties in a case. Most California state court dockets are provided for free on the courts' websites but obtaining the underlying court documents usually requires purchasing the documents from the website or even visiting the courthouse in person. However, a few projects seek to make California court documents free online.
Sources of California dockets and court documents include: