Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy
Personal Information in Court Documents

Unless access is proscribed by statute or by court order, documents filed with the Tulare County Superior Court are generally open and available for public review and inspection. Accordingly, there is no reasonable expectation of privacy, or of confidentiality with respect to any personal information, commercial information or other information contained in or that otherwise becomes part of the court record and which may be subject to electronic review through eCourt. Certain personal identifying information is not to be included in documents filed with the court. The court exercises reasonable efforts to ensure that court documents and any information available through eCourt are consistent with applicable restrictions on dissemination of private identifying information. It is, however, the responsibility of those filing documents with the court and those utilizing eCourt to comply with restrictions on publication or disclosure of such information.

Information Collected from eCourt Users

You need an approved filer account to access eCourt. To create an approved filer account, the Clerk of the Court (“Clerk”) will obtain and retain some personal information about you, including, without limitation, your name, email address and a password. The Clerk takes reasonable steps to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of retained approved filer information, including appropriate encryption and physical security measures.

When you use eCourt in a way that gives rise to a fee, you will be asked to enter credit card information to facilitate payment of that fee. All eCourt fee payments are processed through a third party online payment processing agent. Neither the Clerk nor the Court obtain, retain or have access to your payment information.

When you access eCourt, the eCourt servers record a server log containing certain information that your browser automatically sends to the eCourt servers, which may include your web request, your interaction with eCourt, your Internet Protocol address, your browser type, your browser language, the date and time of your request and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser or your approved filer account. The collection and retention of this technical information is necessary or recommended for the proper functioning of eCourt. The Clerk will not attempt to associate any anonymous technical information collected by eCourt with any personally-identifiable information unless the Clerk or eCourt administrators have detected, or reasonably suspect, an attempt to damage or breach the security of eCourt or a breach of the Terms of Use.

When you send email or other communications through eCourt or otherwise communicate with the Clerk, the Clerk will retain those communications, place them on the court record, and may respond to your communications, if required. The Clerk may use your email address to communicate with you about eCourt and matters before the Court.

You may terminate your approved filer account at any time.