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
Last month we discussed judges (Justices of the Peace and Magistrates) who are not required to have law degrees, and whose courts have jurisdiction over areas larger than a city or town. Judges of city, town, village, and other municipal courts in many states are also not required to have law degrees or be practicing lawyers. These judges only have geographical jurisdiction over their own municipality, and in many states their subject-matter jurisdiction is limited to violations of the municipality’s ordinances.
We reviewed New York’s Town Courts and Village Courts in a 2010 post; with over 1200 such courts, … Read More
Do you ever wonder what happens to property that is no longer needed by government agencies or that has been seized by police? Various federal, state, and local government and law enforcement agencies across the country sell these items through public auction sales. Government auctions are completely free and open for anyone to attend and participate. These sales provide buyers an opportunity to obtain products at bargain prices while generating much needed revenue for the government.
Government auctions are conducted both on-site and online. On-site auctions usually include expensive items such as cars, SUVs, boats, and aircrafts. The advantage of … Read More
The safety of the environment has become a greater and greater concern in the United States today. In recent years, the federal government, states, counties and cities have passed regulations, and established offices, to provide resources to its citizens regarding environmental issues. Many of the agencies provide online links for accessing the variety of information available.
The State of California has initiated an environmental education program in schools, grades K-12, believing in the importance of early environmental education. See California’s Education and the Environmental Initiative page for more information about the program including curriculum.
Alaska provides a Contaminated Sites link … Read More
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
Reviewing the financial transactions of your state government requires just a few clicks on your computer in some states. As tax payers, we spend a lot of money each year, and some of us may want to know what that money is going towards. While the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) has helped open the gateway to making certain information public and accessible, actually finding these spending records could be a difficult task. Thus in some states, the governments have decided to implement databases which make the search process easier for the public.
Recently Kansas launched a state spending database … Read More
On March 11, 2008, the Oklahoma Supreme Court issued an order to restrict internet access to court records throughout the state courts. Effective June 10, 2008, only court dockets will be available to view online in Oklahoma. Any other documents, such as pleadings, will no longer be available to be viewed online.
In addition to completely restricting online access to court records, the order also included a mandate to redact any personal identifiers for court records, such as social security numbers birth dates. The first line of the order explains that the order was issued “in an effort to balance … Read More