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
Lately there have been a disturbing number of news reports about mentally-ill people being shot by police. The need for better training of police to deal with the mentally ill has been amply covered by other blogs. But mentally-ill people who survive their encounter with law enforcement have a chance for better treatment from the court system – and that’s where this blog comes in.
Back in 2008 we touched on two different aspects of court procedure involving people with mental health problems. A court system’s involvement with a mentally ill person may occur when the person is facing involuntary … Read More
“Justice of the Peace” is an imposing title. Almost like Justice of the Supreme Court? Not quite; A Justice of the Peace presides over a court of limited territorial and subject-matter jurisdiction, and is addressed as “Judge” more often than “Justice”. Justices of the Peace were originally English quasi-judicial officers who volunteered to preserve the “king’s peace” in their local county or borough. Important qualifications for the position were land ownership and connections with the monarchy (and later, with the Lord Chancellor and Parliament).
American colonists brought the Justice of the Peace system with them, and it persisted throughout the … Read More
UCC stands for “Uniform Commercial Code, which is a set of laws that provide legal rules and regulations governing business dealings and transactions. This code was first published in 1952 and has been revised several times over the years. The code was created to make it easy for companies to conduct business across the United States. The UCC has been enacted, with some local variations, in all 50 states.
UCC filings primarily deal with transactions involving personal property, such as machinery, equipment, and livestock. The UCC does not address dealings in real property, such as land or houses. UCC filings … Read More
Searching for inmate records used to be difficult and time consuming, but thanks to the advancement of Internet technology, it is now much quicker and easier. Most state prisons and many county jails provide an active inmate database to the public where you can search for inmates by name. You can obtain information such as offender name, incarceration date, offense, current location, projected release date, and sometimes even a mugshot. The information available is generally for current inmates only, but in some areas, past inmate records may also be available.
For example, in Stearns County, Minnesota, you can find past … Read More
Would you like to avoid the frustration of sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic? Wouldn’t you like to know traffic conditions before you hit the road? You can avoid traffic delays and find the fastest route to your destination with the help of online tools, such as traffic cameras, construction zone alerts, congestion updates, and traffic incident reports.
The Colorado DOT website provides live traffic cameras and online travel alerts, such as road work alerts, road closures, restrictions, and seasonal closures. There, you can also find a live traffic speeds and travel times map, as well as a map of the latest … Read More
Law enforcement agencies are in the business of tracking crime, but did you also know that they want to provide the public with the opportunity to do so as well? Police department’s and law enforcement agencies across the country are publishing their crime data online, allowing citizens to see what crimes are occurring in their area, research calls for service history, or even submit a crime report online.
For example, the Antioch Police Department in California provides online public access to crime maps, crime statistics, and calls for service reports. You can view crime maps and statistics that include … Read More
According to many sources, the divorce rate in America is approximately 50%. It is a staggering number, especially when you consider that many of these cases, there is often a correlated draining legal component. While the length of a divorce proceeding will vary from case to case and state-to-state, one constant nagging portion of the divorce procedure is the splitting of property. One of the most controversial property division laws occurs in community property states. States that follow these laws include Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.
Two important words to understand in the division … Read More