The American criminal justice system is not always all about determining guilt or innocence and then punishing the guilty. It recognizes that some “bad actors” can be deterred from embarking on a life of crime, and can be given a “second chance” through programs that don’t result in a criminal record. For examples, see our blog posts about Mental Illness Cases, Drug Courts, Veterans Courts, Family Dependency Treatment Courts, and Diversion. These “problem-solving” or “accountability” courts are not actual courts, but special programs that impose treatment, counseling, education, restitution, and community service in lieu of … Read More
Has the value of your property gone up in the last year? According to an article published in The Seattle Times on Friday, March 15, 2013, entitled “Look what’s back in your house now,” property values around the country are on the rise. Depending on where you live, the market value of your home may have risen enough in the last year that you now have positive or break-even equity.
As you know, many property values declined dramatically during the last 5 years. However, according to Federal Reserve data, net equity holdings in American homes have jumped since spring 2011. … Read More
If you’re looking for a job in Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security has a new website “MDES” for job seekers and employers. Potential employees can register online to search for a new job, register for unemployment, review job hunting tips, learn about Veteran’s services, job fairs, and featured employers.
The website also offers tools for potential employers including recruitment services, online job postings, online viewing of job applications, on-the-job training information, unemployment taxes, and work opportunity tax credit information.
Do you need a map of the State, County or City where you live? Are you looking for a current map or a historic one of your area? You may be surprised by the number and types of maps available online. Most States offer standard maps such as road maps, crime maps, legislative district maps, and others. However, many States offer other useful maps including historic maps.
For instance, Utah’s “Geologic Survey Maps,” include geologic maps, geologic hazard maps, ground water maps and topographic maps. Alabama’s “Air Photo Maps” available by County includes views by location … Read More
Recognizing that the most influential people in a teenager’s life are often peers, Seattle is adding its first Youth Traffic Court, set to convene for the first time this month. The court will be staffed entirely by Garfield High School students, who will serve as judge, jury, attorneys, bailiffs and court clerks. The students have all received training in these positions from Seattle University law students.
Any Seattle driver younger than 18 who admits to the traffic violation he or she is accused of may appear in Seattle Youth Traffic Court. Following the philosophy of restorative justice, the teen … Read More
Interested in knowing if your child’s teacher holds a Teachers National Board Certification? Has the teacher taken the extra steps to become Board certified? The National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential that teachers can obtain in addition to their State teaching licenses. This additional certification helps teachers improve their teaching skills, helps students succeed by expanding the teachers’ expertise and leadership abilities, and learn how to better monitor student learning.
You can find out about the teachers in your school district by searching the list of the 97,000 National Board Certified teachers by state, city, school district, and … Read More
Do you need to find a physician that specializes in a certain field? Are you new to an area and want to find a doctor within a certain distance from home? Has your doctor ever been cited for disciplinary actions or do you wish to file a complaint? These are all questions that can be answered using the links on our “Professional License Records Resources” website.
Most states provide a search of physician licenses; although the type of information and the amount provided varies by state. Some of the states providing physician searches are: “California Medical Board… Read More
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
Among the many types of public information available on our “Free Public Records Search Directory” you can access the salaries of various federal, state, and county employees. Some of the databases are maintained by newspapers from around the country. Others are maintained by State agencies. Some of the sites provide an accounting of federal or state expenditures, while others allow a salary search of individual employees or positions.
Judicial foreclosure exists in nearly every state in the United States. Generally, a lender initiates a foreclosure action when the property owner/borrower has failed to make mortgage payments. In a judicial foreclosure, the lender must go through the court system, filing a complaint and serving the borrower. In most states, the court will then either find for the borrower or for the lender. If the court finds that the borrower has indeed defaulted on his or her loan a judgement will be entered for the lender. The lender can then hold a sheriff’s sale of the property in order to … Read More