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Public access to court electronic information

electronic_recordsThe US government runs a court information search service known as PACER. It is basically a repository of public documents which can be searched for all types of court records. The last I knew, it does not include Supreme Court documents or Tax court records. It is a paid service used by anyone from lawyers to ordinary citizens to journalists. It was implemented about 15 years ago and has had a reputation for being a bit “glitchy” and not keeping up with the times, at least as far as design and functionality. This may have changed by now, I honestly don’t know.

That being said, the fees are considerably cheaper than the more commercial services, as you are charged only for the documents which you actually download. Of course many times you will need more information to begin your search, but if you have more of the what, wheres and whens pertaining to the records you want, you can save some money going this route.

There has been a bit of controversy recently involving this Gov service and a firefox plugin called RECAP. Basically, when using the plugin, the records which are retrieved from PACER are also stored in the public domain archive created by the developers. So the next individual (using the firefox plugin) who requests the same documents can now access them for free from the public domain database. In this manner, millions of documents are being retrieved from PACER and stored for anyone to access for free. But because PACER (a government service) actually makes millions of dollars by charging for this (public) information, they are understandably not happy with the archiving and subsequent free access provided to everyone.

But the other side of the argument is that these documents are already in the public record and because anyone has the right to obtain them from the government, they should also be able to obtain them from other sources.

I am providing a link to the RECAP plugin, but I do not know what the latest developments are with this so I suggest you look into it a bit further before doing anything with it. I take no responsibility for  your use of this. It is up to you to make sure there are no liability issues which could come back on you.

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Public Access to Court Information Online

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2013! – Many public records can now be accessed online. The best ways to access information will depend on what type of information your are looking for, what States you will be searching and how fast you want it. Online Public access to court information is a rapidly growing sector of the Internet, and understandably so. The advancements in Information Technology and storage in recent years creates a perfect match for the online records retrieval needs of today’s public, as well as professionals, such as Private Investigators. But as with any new developing business sector, some services will stand out from the crowd (and some will be a total waste of time and money). Luckily if the information you desire is located within your own local courthouse (and not a jurisdiction several hundred, if not thousands of miles away) you can probably visit and obtain what you are looking for in person and save a bit of money. But even so – the fees for information retrieval are becoming so low that even local searches are frequently being done online. And if you are not sure where a particular set of records is located, you can even do a preliminary search for free, which may tell you where you can go to retrieve the rest of the information you need without spending a dime. Within the pages of this site are several resources for public access to court information records. More and more Municipalities are cataloguing and making available this information via their respective Gov sites. But there are still many counties which are not yet “online” and other methods are necessary to obtain what you are looking for from these areas. We highlight several very useful paid and free services within these featured postings which will help access public info in these unconnected areas. And many of our readers have contributed info and links to free Gov sites which provide access to public records for their specific municipalities. What you use will depend on your own needs. Feel free to share any government websites you have used and had good luck with. Good searching!

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