Monthly Archives: September 2011

Another Specialized Court: Environmental Court

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Specialized courts, whether separate entities or divisions of other courts, handle specific types of cases. They are designed to dispense justice efficiently by maintaining expertise in a particular area, following a procedure tailored to their subject matter, collaborating with other government agencies, or a combination of these approaches.

Specialized courts may be set up not to simply to determine guilt and punishment, but to arrange and supervise treatment for people with mental health or substance abuse problems. Examples of these “accountability” or “collaborative” courts are Drug Courts, Mental Health Courts, and Veterans Courts.

Other specialized courts may … Read More

Mortgage Foreclosure: What happens and is there help?

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Are you facing a home mortgage foreclosure and wonder if there is help for you? Are you a tenant of a mortgage foreclosure and wonder if you have any rights? Or do you want to purchase a home that’s been foreclosed but don’t know where to look? These are all good questions that can be answered by accessing various state and governmental agency websites. There are many educational and helpful websites available if you know where to look. Below are a few agency links to get you started. Even if you live in another state, many of the links provide … Read More

Improving Your Chances in Small Claims Court

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If you’ve seen Judge Judy or one of the other popular court shows on TV, you may think you know how a courtroom functions. The truth is that these shows could not be further from reality. Most people have never set foot inside of a courtroom, and many are unsure of how to go about filing or responding to a small claims action.

Although small claims courts throughout the United States have somewhat different requirements and limitations for the types of cases they will hear, they do have some things in common. The most unifying aspect of small claims courts … Read More

Access Driving Records Online

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Motor vehicle licenses are issued by each state, and each state maintains its own database of driving records. A driving record contains a history of violations, convictions, collisions, suspensions, and revocations. Each state has its own rules and regulations for requesting driving records, and many provide online access to your own driving records. Driving records are a public record; however, personal information is not available to the general public. The Federal Drivers Privacy Protection Act restricts access to driver records that contain personal information such as name, address, social security number, and medical information. You must have written consent from … Read More