Both courts have changed the manner in which they calculate fees for criminal record searches. The changes in San Luis Obispo took affect Monday July 7, 2014.
All searches are charged $15 per every 10 minutes of the clerk's time. The fee is based on the time needed to complete each submitted "list" - and not on a per name basis. Thus if 30 names are on a list and it take 40 minutes to complete - the fee is $60.00. If any list takes less than less than 10 minutes to research, then no fee is charged.
All criminal record searches at these two courts must be performed by court personal. Note the San Luis Obispo Superior Court does have a public access terminal, but the court will only allow attorneys and the new media access to the terminal. The rest of the public is blocked.
This new mandate is thought by many to be in conflict with the existing state law. Per California Government Code -GC 70627(c):
The fee for a search of records or files conducted by a court employee that requires more than 10 minutes is fifteen dollars.