Oklahoma Court Records

Why Oklahoma Court Records are Available to the Public?

In 1984, the Oklahoma State Legislature passed a law named the Oklahoma Open Records Act. This law enables the last changes in 1988 and having its basic aim in ensuring disclosure of court records and other public records to the public.

What Court Records Access Means To You?

The law is similar to the Oklahoma Open Meeting Law legislates the methods by which public meetings are held. While the Oklahoma Open Records Act safeguards the access of all public records at all government levels in the state of Oklahoma to the public.

Accountability to the Public

When the legislature enacted Oklahoma Open Records Act, it expressively declared that access to information about the conduct of the people’s business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state, Law & Legislative Reference. The legislature in the state of Oklahoma states that the duty of every public official of  Oklahoma, and of its subdivisions, who required by law to keep public records open for public inspection for proper purposes.

By promoting public access to government records, the Oklahoma Open Records Act is to safeguard the government's accountability to the public.

How the Oklahoma Court Process Functions?

Most cases in Oklahoma courts begin in one of the 77 superior or trial courts in the state’s 77 counties.

The next level of judicial authority resides with the Court of Appeals. Most cases before the Court of Appeals involves the review of a superior court decision being contested by a party involved in the case.

The Supreme Court serves as the highest court in the state to check decisions of the Court of Appeals to settle important questions of law and to resolve conflicts among the Court of Appeals. 

Some differences between Civil Court and Small Claims Court below

 Court

Small Claims

Civil

Appeal

Only the party who was sued can file an appeal. The person who filed the claim cannot appeal.

Either party can appeal.

Attorney Representation

You cannot have a lawyer file your papers or go to court with you – except for an appeal.

You can have a lawyer file your papers and go to court for you.

The filing fee for either the defendant or the plaintiff’s claim

$30 -$100 per claim

$180 - $320 per claim

Pretrial Discovery allowed

No

Yes

How long to complete your case

30-70 days after the complaint

120 days after you file the complaint

You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to file or defend a case in Small Claims Court. If you do not speak English well, bring someone who speaks English and asks the judge if that person can serve as your interpreter. The court cannot provide you an interpreter.

You can find an interpreter by using the Oklahoma Courts Interpreter Search page. Also, see the web page with interpreter information on this website Oklahoma City Interpreter.

How Oklahoma Court Records Are Structured?

The court records group is for civil and small claims matters.

Civil cases are matters where the petitioner is seeking more than $250,000. Close to 170,000 unlimited civil court records filed with the courts annually. Civil cases also include other types of disputes that do not involve money, like cases to resolve (or “quiet”) title to real property, cases asking for civil restraining orders and requests to change your name or your child’s name.

  • Auto Torts
  • Other Personal Injury / Property
    Damage / Wrongful Death
  • Other Tort
  • Other Civil
  • Contracts
  • Real Property
  • Employment
  • Enforcement of Judgment
  • Unlawful Detainers
  • Judicial Review
  • Complex Litigation
  • Small Claims Appeals

Small Claims Court filings are cases where the petitioner is seeking $4,500 or less and is not represented by counsel. Close to 100,000 of small claims cases filed statewide every year.

Here are some examples of common Small Claims Court cases:

  • Your former landlord refuses to return the security deposit you paid.
  • Someone dents your fender and refuses to pay for the repairs.
  • Your new TV does not work, and the store will not fix it.
  • Your tenant caused damage to the apartment, and the repairs cost more than their security deposit (Note: You cannot use small claims court to evict someone.).
  • You lent money to a friend, and he/she refuses to pay you back.
  • Small Claims Court can also order a defendant to do something, as long as the claim is also asking for money. For example, the court can cancel a contract or the court can order your neighbor to pay you for your lawn mower or order them to return it to you right away. 
Oklahoma State Archives

State Archives

Results Include

Full State Record Report:

  • Name
  • Location
  • Case Number
  • Case Summary
  • Docket
  • Police Report
  • Court Documents
  • Legal Records
  • Case File
  • Statements
  • Transcripts
  • Legal Forms
  • Case Notes
  • Disposition
  • Trial Records
  • Arbitration
  • Case Evidence
  • Witnesses
  • Interviews
  • Descriptions
  • Mugshots
  • Charges
  • Legal Motions
  • Attorney Records
  • Prosecution Records
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Oklahoma County Courthouse 1937

  • State archives hold over 65,000 cubic feet of records.
  • There are 2 levels of courts – trial and appellate.
  • The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals is the Oklahoma court of last resort involving all criminal matters.
  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court is Oklahoma’s court of last resort in all civil matters and all matters concerning the Oklahoma Constitution.
  • The highest court in Oklahoma is the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
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