Are criminal court cases open to the public? 11 Answers as of October 24, 2010

I 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?

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Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
It is open to the public.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/24/2010
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
In almost all cases, court proceeding are public and anyone can attend unless it is a trial or other proceeding in which they are a witness.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/23/2010
Law Offices of Phil Hache
Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
Generally speaking, Criminal courts are open to the public.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/22/2010
Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
Courtrooms are open to the public by law, unless closed for specific security reasons.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/22/2010
Alanna D. Coopersmith, Attorney at Law
Alanna D. Coopersmith, Attorney at Law | Alanna D. Coopersmith
A judge will rarely seal the courtroom; it is public.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/21/2010
    The English Law Firm
    The English Law Firm | Robert English
    Regular criminal cases are in open court. Generally anyone can observe the proceedings.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/21/2010
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Open to the public. Consider getting some help with the Hit and Run, which has a moral component and isn't something you want on your record.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/21/2010
    Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan
    Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan | Geoffrey M. Yaryan
    Most hearings in a criminal proceedings are open to the public. A defendant cannot ask that the hearing be closed.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/21/2010
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    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
    Replied: 10/21/2010
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