Monthly Archives: April 2011

Diversion: Keeping Your Record Clean

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A diversion can mean entertainment or amusement for many people. To others it can mean a change of course. In the criminal justice system, diversion can mean a change of course out of the system. Diversion means a defendant agrees to a course of conduct for a specific period of time, pays some fees and court costs, and avoids a trial and a possible criminal or traffic record.

Diversion does not mean that shoplifters and drunk drivers all over the country are going unpunished and having their records wiped clean. Diversion is not available everywhere, and it’s not easy to … Read More

Contra Costa County Settlements to be Public

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Recently, California’s Contra Costa County, Board of Supervisors, agreed to include in its meeting agendas a summary of all settlement agreements that are reached during closed sessions. Previously, the final settlements were only made public if someone made specific requests for the details.

In an article entitled “Settlements with County Now to be Public” in The Mercury News, dated February 11, 2011, by Lisa Vorderbrueggen, Contra Costa Times, this action is the result of an unpublicized settlement regarding alleged sexual assault charges made by a former County employee. The settlement was approved by the Board of Supervisors and never publicly … Read More

Wisconsin Provides Online Information on Searching Adoption Records

Here at CourtReference, we are always on the look-out for new resources to help our users search for court records. These days, many courts provide online access to a whole range of records, from criminal cases to probate estates to divorce proceedings. What about records that are sealed from public view, though? Searching for information about sealed records can be endlessly frustrating unless you know where to look. Recently, we came across a link in Wisconsin regarding adoption record searches that we hope will prove useful to you.

The first thing to know about searching for adoption records is … Read More

CourtReference.com on Twitter

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CourtReference.com has begun posting selected court record search resources on Twitter.
We’ll post a few of the newest court search links we’ve found each day along with news about the site.
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CourtReference.com has begun posting selected court record search resources on Twitter.
We’ll post a few of the newest court search links we’ve found each day along with news about the site.


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Research Laws and Codes Online

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Are you looking for local ordinances for your town, city, or county? Local ordinances used to be very difficult to find, but as more and more local governments are putting their laws online, access has become much easier. City and county laws apply to many aspects of our daily lives. Many local laws deal with maintaining public safety, health, and general welfare. Ordinances are generally organized into local codes, such as traffic code, business regulation and taxation code, general offenses code, and building code. This can make your search for a particular law much easier.

Perhaps you are consistently being … Read More