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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

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

Electronic Filing for the Masses

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It’s getting easier to conduct court business online. Court systems haven’t been as quick to set up online transactions as, say, banks or booksellers. Yet it’s not new; see our 2009 blog posts What is E-Filing and Paying Court Fines Online. And it’s getting better.

Take electronic filing of court documents: More and more court systems are adding this capability. New Jersey even has mandatory electronic filing for some types of cases. But court-run electronic filing is not expanding fast enough to satisfy the demand from law firms looking efficiency. In response, a number of private companies now offer … Read More

Water Courts – What are They?

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Although not found in all jurisdiction, Water Courts perform an interesting judicial service where present. These courts which exist in states including Montana and Colorado generally handle matters concerning water rights.

The set up of a Water Court will vary by jurisdiction. In Montana, there is only one Water Court which serves the entire state. However, within the one Water Court are four divisions. According to state law, these divisions are based the “natural divides between drainages and the borders of the state of Montana.” The four divisions are the Yellow Stone River Basin, the Lower Missouri River Basin, … Read More

Ohio To Launch A Searchable Drunk Driver Database

In an effort to make the roads of Ohio a safer place, a new drunk driving law was recently passed by the Ohio legislature.  This new law creates several new additions to the OVI/OMWI regulations in that state.  OVI stands for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and OMWI stands for Operating A Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence. The new law includes earlier court ordered treatment programs, use of ankle bracelets for offenders who break their drunk driving parole, and the use of an interlock system which requires offenders to blow into to prove they have not consumed alcohol before … Read More

New Online Court Records System Means Easy Access in Carter County

Need to know when your court hearing is? Curious about how much that big law suit settled for? Well, accessing court records in Carter County just got much easier. This week, Carter County District Court records went online as part of the Oklahoma State Courts Network (OSCN). Several counties in Oklahoma already participate in the OSCN, and Carter County has finally joined the ranks.

Use of the new online system is complete free and provides easy access to all court information at the district court level. Online records searches can be performed by party name, party type (plaintiffs and … Read More

Victim/Case Notification in Maricopa County, Arizona

Maricopa County in Arizona added a great new feature to their Public Access to Court Case Information offering called Case Notification. Interested parties can register with their email address to receive information for up to 20 cases in Maricopa County. Users can determine what aspect of the case they want tracked. When a change occurs in that case, the registered party will be sent an email of the status change. Although this new feature was originally created for crime victims, the process does require a user to identify as a “victim,” therefore anyone can use this service. Click here to … Read More

www.Courtreference.com Site Launch

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 www.Courtreference.com was developed with the intent of providing our users with a means to discover where court records can be found in any given state or county.  But just providing links to court sites isn’t enough.   The number of courts offering online access to court records is increasing every day, and that’s great.  But, there are thousands of courts that don’t offer any online presence and people still need to get at the records.  So, we’ve tried to at least provide contact information for every court system.

 What we have not seen an improvement in is the information provided by … Read More