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

Assessor and Property Tax Records Research

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If you are a real estate professional or a property owner, and need to obtain ownership or tax assessment information about a specific property, you can find that type of information by state and county using our “Assessor and Property Tax Records Directory.” Our “Free Public Records Search Directory” is comprised of a variety of public record categories with one of the categories being “Assessor and Property Tax Records.”

What type of information is available? Depending on the state and county, the following information is generally available using our “Assessor Records” website.
• Owner … 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

Warrants in Texas

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If you live in Texas and would like to research an arrest warrant, our “Texas Warrants Directory” provides links to a variety of resources containing arrest warrants and wanted persons.

Types of warrants. Available warrant links include:
• Child Support Evaders
• Located or Arrested Child Support Evaders
• Texas Department of Public Safety “10 Most Wanted Fugitives”
• U.S. Drug Enforcement – Texas Division
• Hot Check Warrants
• County and City Police Department Warrants
• Additional types of warrants

How to search. You can easily research the warrants in Texas by using these following … Read More

When Court Websites Come Up Short

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Businesses, organizations, units of government, even many individuals have websites. It’s no surprise that many courts also have websites. As with any other entity’s website, some court websites are better than others: easier to see what’s there, easier to navigate, with more content.

On some court websites, it’s obvious at first glance how to contact the court by mail and phone, how to search case records and court calendars, how to locate and download the forms you need, and how to pay fines online. An explanation of the court’s process; the types of cases the court handles; and links to … Read More

How to Use “Free Public Records Search Directory”

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If you are looking to research free public records, our “Free Public Records Search Directory” can help you find the information you need in a quick and easy manner. Since understanding public records can be overwhelming, Online Searches has answered  many of your most frequently asked questions to help you navigate our site and to simplify your search.

What is a public record?

A public record is any information, minutes, files, maps, accounts or other records that a government agency is required to maintain and make accessible to the public.  Examples of public records include land records, birth … Read More

Mental Illness Commitments

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Our 2008 blog post about mental illness cases introduced two aspects of that topic. Last month we covered Mental Health Courts – specialized court programs which can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some criminal offenders with mental health problems. For those offenders, their mental illness may have been a contributing factor in their commission of a crime, but is not severe enough to warrant commitment to a mental institution.

In order to be committed, a mentally-ill person must be dangerous to himself or herself or to others, or be unable to care for himself or herself. Criteria … Read More

Mental Health Courts

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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

Is Your Child’s College Campus Safe?

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At this time of year, parents are preparing to send their sons or daughters off to college. One of the many concerns is how safe the college campus will be. Fortunately for parents and students, a number of steps have been taken to increase the safety on campuses all across the country.

In 1990, Congress passed a law named the “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act,” also known as the “Clery Act.” The law has been amended several times since and requires both private and public colleges to keep and disclose crime statistics for crimes both on and near the … Read More

When a Court Calendar is a Schedule, or a Schedule is a Calendar

In our earlier post about court calendars, we discussed various types of court calendars and dockets. When using CourtReference to find court calendars and dockets, remember that these are are usually a detailed list of upcoming hearings, with information about the time and location of the hearing and the name of the case or parties; here’s an example from McLean County, IL. Dockets and calendars often include additional details about the case, such as this one from Dane County, WI with a link to each judge’s weekly calendar; each case on the calendar includes a linked case number … Read More