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What Information Can Be Found in Court Records?

Court records provide a wealth of information concerning litigation and law suits between individuals and businesses. Docket entries, charges, hearings, minutes, the names of plaintiffs, defendants, and witnesses, in addition to judgments and rulings may all be found in a case file, regardless of whether the issues at hand are civil or criminal in nature.
The specific types of records that may be found from a court record search and what you can expect to learn from them include:

Civil Index

  • List of all civil actions by date and names of plaintiffs and defendants
  • Judgments, liens, and file number of case

County Civil Records

  • Court records for actions under $1,500
  • Names of plaintiffs and defendants
  • Judgments, liens

District Court / Circuit Court Records

  • Court records for actions under $1,500
  • Names of plaintiffs and defendants
  • Judgments, liens

Criminal Index

  • List of criminal convictions over a certain time period.
  • Docket (case file) numbers

County Criminal Records

  • County-level misdemeanor cases

District / Circuit Court Criminal Records

  • Docket number
  • Names, aliases, and addresses of plaintiffs and defendants
  • Spouses and dependents
  • Social Security numbers and birth dates
  • Driver's license numbers
  • Occupations, employers, types of business
  • Physical description
  • Charges and transcripts of trials
  • Attorneys of record
  • Probation reports
  • Judgments

Traffic Tickets

  • Name, address and birth date
  • Physical description
  • Date, time and location of violation
  • Officer's name
  • Tag number
  • Year, make and model of vehicle

Parking Violation Bureau

  • Date, time and location of violation
  • Make, model and year of vehicle

How to Conduct a Court Records Search?

To conduct the most efficient and comprehensive search of court records, there are several main offices and that you should familiarize yourself with. Contact one or all of the following offices for relevant information:

  • The Administrative Office of the Courts is the state level office that has overall responsibility for maintaining and distributing court records. In most cases, these state offices provide access to court records online, though you may also retrieve records through written request, phone, or email.
  • County Court Offices also maintain records of civil and criminal court proceedings and these records are also frequently accessible online or via written, email or phone request.
  • PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) is a federal system that provides access to court records from the federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts. Access to the system requires free registration and there is a nominal charge per page to view records.

National Court Records Resource Links

National Archives Records of the Judicial Branch - This agency retains archives of all Federal court documents, some accessible online though many available only through microfiche, etc.

PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) - This internet-based public access services allows users to browse through records of court and docket information from Federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts.


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