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How to Find Case Records: A Refresher

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Here at CourtReference, we get a lot of questions about court records. People want to know how to go about looking up a divorce record, doing a criminal background check, or looking up a will from the 1800’s.

Of course anyone can just Google “court records” to start the ball rolling. But if Google knows your location (and they do, they do!), the top search results will be for your area – and most of the rest will be for commercial websites that charge a fee to search. That’s why most of our questions are about how to find … Read More

Court Administration

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Every state court system has an administrative branch that manages the court system’s internal operations. It is most often named the Administrative Office of the Courts (as in Washington), but may also be called the Office of Judicial Administration (as in Kansas), Office of the State Court Administrator (as in Colorado , the Chief Court Administrator (as in Connecticut), the Division of State Court Administration (as in Indiana), the Director of State Courts (as in Wisconsin), and even the Office of the Executive Secretary (as in Virginia).

These administrative offices are usually under the … Read More

Virginia Assessor Records

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If you are interested in researching the assessed value of a property in Virginia, this article will provide the necessary steps to conduct your search.

Available information. There are many reasons for researching property values, depending on the Virginia county or city, assessor records generally provide the following information:

• Owner Name and Taxpayer Name (if different).
• Address and Zoning
• Physical Description of Improvements
• Sales History and Ownership Document Numbers
• Legal Description and GIS Maps
• Assessed Value of Improvements and Land

How to get started. On our “Free Public Records Search DirectoryRead More

Conciliation: A New Form of Dispute Resolution

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When people have a disagreement that can’t be resolved by simply discussing the problem, they may end up going to court for a resolution  – especially if the disagreement involves something as important as family issues or large sums of money. Going to court can be very expensive if you hire a lawyer, and it still costs some money (e.g., filing fees) if you don’t hire a lawyer. It’s very time consuming either way, especially if you don’t hire a lawyer.

And it’s not quick; courts are busy, many court systems are underfunded and overburdened, and it can be months … Read More

Contacting Courts

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When you use a state court directory on CourtReference.com, one of the first things you notice is that we provide contact information – address, phone, and fax – for every state, county, and local trial court in the United States.

Anyone looking for court information online is most likely interested in what types of information are available online from the court. The information sought could be online access to court case records, court calendars, lawyer referral services, downloadable forms, or any of the other online resource categories that we provide via links. The types and sheer volume of information … Read More

Fighting a Ticket Online

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Just two months ago, we noted a recent innovation in some courts: contesting traffic tickets by mail. This is another way courts make it easier for the public to do business. For hundreds of years, every interaction with the court system required the physical presence in the courtroom of all parties involved. In just the past few years we have noted the rise of electronic filing for attorneys and then for the rest of ustelephonic appearances; video depositions; online traffic, red light camera, and parking ticket payment; and other ways of interacting with the … Read More

Track Crime in York County

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Residents of York County, Virginia can now track crime in their neighborhoods thanks to a new online crime map launched by the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office has partnered with BAIR Analytics to provide this new crime mapping program called RAIDS Online. This interactive crime mapping website allows the sheriff’s office to automatically upload crime information as it occurs providing York County residents a firsthand look at crimes occurring in their county. The service went online last week.

This program allows citizens to map criminal offenses by date, location, and time span. Crimes such as thefts, assaults, burglaries, arson, … Read More

Searching for a Physician?

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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 BoardRead More

More Court Records

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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

Licensed Contractors – Find One or Become One

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Are you looking for a registered general contractor?  Do you want to verify that a contractor is licensed with the State?  Do you want to get your own contractors’ license?  Or, do you have your contractors’ license but need to renew it?

There are a number of States that offer a variety of contractor related services such as online license searches, online license applications and online renewals.  Some States even offer online searches of contractor disciplinary actions. 

On Alabama’s General Contractors’ “License Roster Search,” you can access detailed information about each licensed contractor using the license number … Read More