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What’s New With e-Filing Court Documents

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It’s been a while since we’ve discussed electronic filing of court documents, so it’s time to note some recent “e-filing” developments. Our original 2009 post provides a good introduction to the process, and the reasons it’s being implemented. In a nutshell, filing court documents electronically saves time, money, and paper. Instead of typing up a form from scratch – or completing a fillable PDF document online and printing it out – all the work is done on your computer. Instead of then delivering that paper document to the court clerk, you simply transmit it from your computer. In addition to … Read More

Citation Information by Text Message

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Just a quick update on a new way courts are taking advantage of technology. One of the first and most widely used is online payment of traffic and parking tickets, which we covered here, here, and here. Next up were the ubiquitous red light camera tickets, which can also be paid online.

Since some people don’t want to pay their tickets without a fight, some courts allow tickets to be contested online without having to show up in court. We’ve even seen examples of courts allowing some hearings to be held by telephone or online instead … Read More

How Many Courts?

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Here at CourtReference, we’ve quite familiar with the court systems in every state. Unless you have business with courts in many different states, you may not be aware of how different court systems can be from state to state.

The basic structure is not so different; each state usually has a trial court in which the parties argue both the facts and the law in front of a judge or jury. The judge decides how to apply the law, and the judge or jury decides which facts are true and which are not – in other words, which party … Read More

Research Campaign Finance Reports

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Soon all of the primary elections around the country will be over and the number of candidates will have been narrowed. If it is important to you to know how a candidate spends their political contributions or where their contributions come from, you can use our website to research the campaign finance reports of your favorite candidates.

Campaign finance reports must be filed by all candidates and are available at the national, state, county and city level. The reports can be searched by type of office, name of candidate or committee name and even by the name of the contributor.… Read More

A New Look for CourtReference.com

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We’ve made it easier for you to find the court-related information you need on CourtReference.com. When you search for your local court information on CourtReference.com, you will select a county; then CourtReference.com will display a page containing a list of all the courts in that county, along with contact information for each court.

Until our recent re-design, each court’s information was followed by three links: an “Online Resources” link, a “Map This Court” link, and a link containing the name of the court. If you didn’t know what those links meant – or didn’t realize they were links, even … Read More

Alabama’s Property Searches and GIS Maps

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Do you live in Alabama and wonder if the value of your property has recently gone up or how much your property taxes will be this year? Would you like to see your property or another property through interactive GIS maps? Since you live in Alabama, you’re in luck because all of the counties provide online property information.  The extent of the information varies by county but generally includes: “Property Appraisal Information;” “Property Tax Information;” and “Interactive GIS Maps.”  All three types of information can be searched by owner name, address, parcel number and PPIN.

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Are You Ready to Vote?

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As you know, in addition to the upcoming presidential election, there are numerous local, state and national elections coming up this year. If you haven’t already registered to vote or if you’ve recently moved, now would be a good time to verify your voter registration, and either register or update your information so that you’ll be ready to vote for your favorite candidate or issues.

Using our “Voter Records and Elections Information” website, you can access links to online voter registration records by state.  Most states will have links at the state, county and city level.  Here is … Read More

Water Quality Reports

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In the news recently there have been a number of articles and stories about the condition of the drinking water in Flint, Michigan. The quality of our drinking water is important to all of us no matter where we live. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency monitors annual water quality reports known as “Consumer Confidence Reports” or “CCRs.”

All community water systems must prepare and provide an annual water quality report to its customers by July 1st of each year covering the previous calendar year. Information contained in the CCR includes source of the water, levels of any contaminants, … Read More

Legal Help for Seniors

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Many businesses and government agencies give special treatment to people over a certain age. That age limit is usually around 60, 65, or somewhere in between. If you’re a “senior”, an “elder”, or otherwise in that category, you can usually get discounts from private enterprise on things like meals, hotels, and movie tickets. From the government, you can get a lifetime pass to National Parks for only $10.

When it comes to the justice system, seniors don’t get any breaks. If you’re accused of a crime, or sued for damages, the law only cares about your age if you’re a … Read More

Michigan Assessor and Property Tax Records

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In Michigan, assessment and property tax records are maintained through each county’s Equalization Office. Assessment and property tax records include information such as:
• Owner Name and Taxpayer Name (if different)
• Property Location (Street Address)
• Land Description (Size of Lot and Zoning)
• Sale Information (Sale Date, Sale Price, Grantor and Grantee)
• Assessment Information (Year, Assessed Value and Taxable Value)

Assessment and property tax records can be used for a variety of purposes. You can determine the owner of a certain property, the sales price of a comparable property or the “assessed value” of your own property … Read More