What Is A Judicial Record
A judicial record is a fancier way of saying public record. It's any record or official entry that coincides with the proceedings in a courthouse or that are the official act of a judicial officer that take action or have a special proceeding.
One thing that makes them official is that judicial decisions are rooted in decisions that were made as part of an open process. Most cases and records are available for the public to see. This includes any evidence that was considered during a case, allegations that have been made and more.
They can often be hard to come by due to having to get physical paper records from the court clerk and copying them. A lot of court records are becoming easier to access thanks to technology. Records are starting to be filed electronically along with the submission of evidence. This has some people considered that judicial records may be too readily available to the public.
Negatives Of Judicial Records
Something most people may not think of but is also becoming a concern for a lot of people is the fact that showing up in court may allow for your private information to be available. Having a court record could be considered an invasion of privacy and could even lead to identity theft.
A lot of people agree that appearing in court shouldn't require that personal information is made public even if you're testifying or defending in a courthouse.
There are some cases that allow for a protective order for the private and personal information that could be available. This is especially important if there are minors and children involved. If this is the case, you and the court need to be careful when it comes to what information is released publicly and what to keep private.
Positives of a Judicial Record
Judicial Records usually only have positives if you're not the one who the record is for.
One of the biggest positives of judicial records could be if you're running background checks on potential employees for your business. Seeing a candidate's judicial records will give you information to let you decide if they're someone you want on your team, representing your business.
Another positive could be if you have a date with someone you met online. You may think it's a little extreme but you can never be too safe when meeting people in person for the first time. Seeing their public record gives you an opportunity to see who you're meeting and if they have any criminal history.
Where To Complete A Search
Now if you're the one completing a search, you have a couple of different options. You can go to your local courthouse or sheriff's office and ask for a copy of specific records there. Keep in mind when doing this, you may need to wait for an extended period of time and it is an extra trip or two to make. This can be a lengthy process and there is a quicker option.
With our website, you are able to access public records right from your computer, tablet or mobile device. We search through federal, state and county records in a matter of seconds to give you the most detailed and accurate result possible.
At CheckPeople, we want your safety to be utmost importance which is why we provide quality results. A lot of the things you're looking for are provided to the public for free, while others may cost you. The following records are usually free
- Criminal Records
- Property Information
- Census Data
- Court Records
- Tax Liens
- Bankruptcy Information
When you try to get this information at a public records office, you are usually charged a fee for wanting a physical printed copy of the record and some states even have an additional fee for viewing what was printed.
We want you to find all the information you need on CheckPeople which is a reason we offer unlimited searches for public records for a small monthly fee. You will be able to get any information needed in one place for an affordable price and barely any work on your part.
How To Complete A Search
Completing a judicial or public record search on CheckPeople couldn't be easier. You really just need the person's first and last name and a city or state. When you get to our homepage, the search bar is the first thing you see.
We know how difficult it can be to find judicial records and any other information you may need without knowing a bunch of details. You don't always need to reach out to a government agency when looking for judicial records.
Finding someone's record isn't always about safety, some people may just want to check up on an old high school friend they haven't heard from in a while. Some people even have found family members they didn't know about previously.
What's Considered Public Record?
Since public records and judicial records go hand in hand, you may also need to know what's considered public. Public records are documents and other information that is kept by a government agency. Some are required to be kept legally such as the following:
- Birth Certificates
- Death Certificates
- Divorce Records
- Marriage Records
Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, the public is available to view this information as long as they know how to access it. You don't have to have experience with public or judicial records but just know that they are commonly accessed and can be very helpful for those searching for things like marriage certificates, legal information and even genealogy.
Some things you may find by searching judicial and public records are listed below. This isn't everything but the things that are the most looked for.
- Census Records and Data
- Residential Addresses (Current & Prior)
- Court Dockets
- Sex Offender Status
- Birth Certificates
- Criminal Records
- Voter Registration
- Real Estate Appraisal Records
- Professional and Business Licenses
What About Court & Criminal Cases?
When you're looking at judicial cases, they are generally available to the public after the case is closed. If it's a high profile case that garnered quite a bit of press coverage or involves a notorious criminal, there may be exceptions. In most cases, the public has access to courtroom proceeding summaries, court case summaries and case dockets.
You will also be able to access records about anyone involved in these cases whether it's the accused, the defendant or a witness. One of the exceptions is that if there is a criminal record that has an arrest or a conviction that has been overturned, you won't be finding those listed on a public criminal record.
How Much Will It Cost Me?
As mentioned earlier, a lot of information is available for free when it comes to public records on CheckPeople. You read earlier about what is available to the public for free. If there is information you're looking for that isn't free to the public, you can sign up for unlimited searches on our website that costs a small monthly fee or you can go to a public records office, a local government office or a courthouse to get a physical printed copy of a record from the clerk. Depending on the state, they may charge a printing fee and an additional fee to view certain records.
It is good to note that there are websites out there that are scams and will tell you that you need to pay to receive any part of a public record at all. Be aware of these sites so you don't get taken advantages of when looking for information that is free to the public. You could look up website reviews to see the legitimacy of whichever one you're looking into using. We put our reviews right on our website.
Things You May Not Know
We did mention earlier that we would provide you with some tips and tricks when it comes to court or judicial records. We wanted to let you in on some things you may not know about the records that you may find useful or interesting.
Painting A Different Picture
When someone has documents that are in judicial records, those can paint quite the different picture of someone than any interview or meeting with them can. You're able to see if they're a convicted criminal or have been involved in any courthouse proceedings.
Anyone Can Access Them
While the public may not have access to everything on someone's record, judicial records are available for anyone to see. As long as you know how to access them, the information is yours to have.
Investigator Brian Willingham has been quoted saying, "The beauty of court records is that they are available to anybody. Anybody that knows how to get them."
It's All Facts
Anything you find on court or judicial records is information that was given under oath. This includes evidence that was shown, sworn statements and any allegations that were documented.
2 Forms Of Courts
To oversimplify it, there are two forms of court, federal and state. This can be helpful information when you're looking up judicial records. Federal courts handle bigger cases that have to do with the following for example:
- Patent Law
- Immigration Law
- Social Security Law
- Bankruptcy Law
The Federal courts include the following in no particular order:
- Special Courts
- S. Supreme Court
- S. District Court
- S. Court Of Appeals
The other end of this is state courts. States handle smaller, more civil cases like divorces or contract disputes and any other state-level matter. The state courts include the following in no particular order:
- Local Courts
- Superior Court
- State Supreme Court
- Special Court
This is the main reason why at CheckPeople we use all levels of court to provide you with whatever information you may be looking for. We will search through federal, state and county records to find the judicial record and information you're searching for. Brian Willingham was quoted saying the following:
"There are thousands and thousands of courts out there that can potentially house records that might be critical to your investigation. The idea here is that you want to get a general sense as to the number of courts out there, what you can do to access them, where would the information be that would be relevant to your investigations."
We know that searching for a judicial record can be a daunting task. Whatever the reason you're needing to complete the search, remember that your safety is the most important. With the information you get from completing a search, we want to remind you to be smart with your findings.
Completing a search can be easily done in person or online for your convenience. A lot of information you may be looking for is available for free, while other information can come at a small fee.
Depending on which side of the search you're on, there are positives and negatives to having a public record. Having your personal information out there for the public to have access to can be uncomfortable and feel like a breach of privacy, while others argue that if you're someone with a record, the public has the right to that information.
You can use our search system to check on an upcoming date, a potential employee, someone you'd like behind bars, a loved one or to simply check up on an old friend that you're wanting to reconnect with.
Whatever reasoning you have behind looking up a judicial record, we hope that you've learned quite a bit more and have some information that can help keep you at peace and possibly have some questions answered that were unanswered before reading this article.