Are criminal court cases open to the public? 11 Answers as of October 24, 2010I have to go to court for a hit and run and my girlfriend said that she wants to come support me. I do not want anyone coming to watch my case. Are these cases open the public in California, or can you request that no one show up to watch?
Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
Unless the Court has some special reason for closing the court; ie to protect a child witness in a child molest case, etc - YES, all cases are open to the public to come. But why do not you want your girlfriend's moral support. She already knows about it. One possibility - you had another girlfriend in the car when you did the hit and run. Then tell her a lawyer told her cases are NOT public. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: California