Category Archives: Finding Court Records

More Court Records

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More and more court records are finding their way online, and many of them are free. We’ve talked about court records in general; see Court Records Basics, What to Know Before Searching Court Records Online,  About Criminal Records and Where to Find Them, Using Court Records for Background Investigations, and Small Claims Case Records.

We’ve talked about some of examples of the many different state court records searches; see Electronic Access to Florida Court Records,  Online Access to Virginia Court Cases, McHenry County Illinois Online Court Access, Online Access to Maryland Probate Read More

Utah Ahead of the Curve in Online Access to Statewide Court Records

In any given state, you could typically expect to find maybe one or two statewide court records databases online. Utah is unusual in offering five different means to search court records online. This means easier, faster access to various trial court records, and CourtReference offers links to all of them from its Utah Court Case Records Search page.

Although in other states you may be able to search court records through a particular county’s resource, statewide resources offer the advantage of being able to search for cases even if you do not know the county where the case was heard. … 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

Court Calendars: Don’t Miss That Date!

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You don’t want to miss your court date; you could lose your case or end up in jail. If you already have a case in progress, your attorney should keep you informed about upcoming important dates in your case. If you don’t have an attorney, the court clerk should tell you when you need to be in court. But what if you don’t get notified? What if you want to know when someone else’s case is scheduled for a hearing or trial? It could be a friend’s case. Or perhaps the drunk driver you’re suing hit someone else too, and … Read More

What to Know Before Searching Court Records Online

What can you expect to find when using the Search Court Case Records links on CourtReference? That varies greatly from state to state, and even county to county. Some states have statewide court record search systems for state courts. In other states, it is up to individual counties to provide online access to their court records. Of these, some counties provide free online access, while other counties contract with a private company that charges a fee to the user for some records searches.

Most court record searches can be done by party name, case number, date of birth and/or … Read More

Court Clerks Can Help You Find the Information You Need

When we think about going to court, the first people that usually pop into our heads are the judge in a robe, the bailiff with a badge, an attorney arguing for each side, and maybe a sketch artist for dramatic, high-profile cases. People like the Court Clerk may seem foreign. Administrative officials, however, are often the first line of contact the public has with the courts, and can often provide information and assistance for free.
Whether you are looking for court records, want to file a new case, or need information on when a hearing will be or where to … Read More

Online Access to Maryland Probate Records

Maryland recently instituted a new, free statewide or county specific search of the Maryland Register of Wills records.  This database, covering records dating back to 1998, may be searched by name, estate type, estate status, county , estate number or filing date.   The party name may be the decedent,  guardian, minor, interested party, or personal representative.   Estate status means whether the case is open or closed and the type of estate may refer to guardianship, small matter, foreign proceeding or non-probate. A default setting is to search all types of estates.

This search is separate from the Maryland District Read More

McHenry County Illinois Online Court Access

It’s exciting to see progress in online access to Illinois court information. While many courts nationwide provide online access to court cases, Illinois has been behind the times on this.   Many of the Illinois counties offer good information on their websites such as descriptions of the various court functions, providing online court forms and offering very good self-help resources. However, very little access to online court case information is currently available.

The Circuit Court in McHenry County has launched an excellent court case search site where the general public may search records by case number, ticket number or party name.  … Read More

Legal Self-Help Tools

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In this day and age, there are any number of circumstances that may force one to be involved with the legal system. The involvement may range from a simple traffic ticket to felony charges and, obviously, the more serious the situation, the more likely that an attorney will be necessary. Navigating the court system, and even finding an attorney, can be a daunting process. Where to go? What to do?

Luckily, there is a great deal of information available online and a number of good self-help resources. These resources range from how to pay traffic tickets to attorney referral services, … Read More

Too Much Electronic Access?

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Public access to electronic information seems like a good thing, especially in the area of courts and court records. With more and more courts allowing public users online access to court records, court opinions, forms, legal research and other such information, the push for more electronic access seems the logical and correct way to go.

It seems however, that there is such a thing as too much electronic access in the court arena. Recent news articles highlight the issue of jurors using twitter to send instant reports during jury proceedings as well as jurors using facebook to not only communicate … Read More