An Abstract of Judgment would be "issued" by the Los Angeles Superior Court, but the online case summary might not reflect the fact that the Abstract of Judgment was issued.
You can go to the County Recorder's Office in Norwalk or to any local title insurance company to search whether an Abstract of Judgment was "recorded".
If you want to conduct an online search of the status of a civil case in Los Angeles, and you have the case number, go to:
and click on Case Summary.
If you do not have the case number, you can first do a party search for a small fee at:
Frank W. Chen is licensed to practice law in the State of California. The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice. This posting does not create any attorney-client relationship with the author. For specific advice about your particular situation, consult your own attorney.
A judgment is a part of the case file with the court. With the case number, you can go to the courthouse and view the file. You can also search online to see whether the court clerk issued an Abstract of Judgment. The judgment creditor pays an additional fee in order to obtain the Abstract of Judgment, properly certified. The creditor then takes the Abstract to the office of the Los Angeles County Recorder. An additional fee is paid to the Recorder to record the document. You can go to the Recorder and search their records.