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
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
In a press release issued on July 1, 2013, the Kentucky Department of Corrections announced the launching of a new and improved version of the Kentucky Offender Online Lookup system, known as KOOL. These improvements are the result of criminal justice reform legislation (House Bill 463) that the Kentucky General Assembly approved in 2011.
The old website provided basic information such as the names of inmates, conviction information, sentence lengths, photos, and parole eligibility dates. The new and enhanced version provides a lot more detail and includes information on the expected time to serve, “good-time” release date, maximum expiration … Read More
Bad checks are an expensive and frequent problem for merchants, and even for private individuals on occasion. If you accept a check from someone and it bounces, it may have been an honest mistake; if so, the check writer might re-imburse you as soon as you ask. But if that doesn’t happen, how do you get your money?
It may be difficult, even if you’ve taken the precaution of verifying the check-writer’s identification. You can sue, but that will take a while and cost you time and money in the meantime. To convict the check writer of a crime, the … Read More
If you’ve watched more than a handful of crime dramas on TV, you’re familiar with the Miranda warning given when someone is arrested. The exact words may vary a little from state to state, but it’s usually very close to this:
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be held against you in court. You have the right to an attorney, and if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.”
The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights guarantees (among other things) that no person may be compelled … Read More
Are you researching your ancestors? Do you need to find historic birth, death or marriage certificates? There are many sites available to search such records. However, do you only have general information such as the State rather than the specific County? Or approximate date rather than the exact birth date, date of death or wedding date?
Many states offer online searches of vital records statewide rather than by individual counties saving you hours of time spent searching individual counties one-by-one. You can access available links to all of the states by using “Vital Statistics Records Resources.” Each State … Read More
Depending on location, the government officer responsible for prosecuting criminals may be known as the District Attorney, Prosecutor, or County Attorney. Regardless of title, this officer may sound like someone the average citizen would prefer to avoid. Doesn’t the D.A. just prosecute criminals?
In many states, District and County Attorneys also help citizens enforce their rights. Kentucky County Attorneys are a good example.
Have you ever been stuck with a bad check? If so, how do you try to collect? Hire a lawyer? File a criminal complaint and wait for the check-writer’s trial to find out if you’ll see any … Read More
Who could forget that deadly Minneapolis bridge collapse in 2007. It was a catastrophe that claimed 13 lives and terrified countless others. Yet, this was not the first bridge collapse in recent American history. There have been many other bridge collapses reported, some the result of crashes that created structural damage, yet other collapses, such as in Minneapolis, were the result of corrosion or structural deficiency. There have been many reports claiming that a major portion of America’s bridges are outdated, overburdened, and/or structurally deficient. The idea that our bridges could possibly be unsafe is definitely distressing, especially considering that … Read More
In the market for a used car? In addition to checking out all those little mechanical issues like brakes, the engine, etc., you may also consider checking on the history of the car. A history check can include not only prior owners, but whether or not you are about to purchase a stolen vehicle. As a result of a recently concluded lawsuit, it is now easier for everyday people to check the fraud status of a vehicle.
A database called the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) finally became available for public access on January 30, 2009. Apparently Congress … Read More