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What Does a Court Records Report Include?

A court record search reveals information about legal proceedings and case files preserved by the courts (bankruptcy, criminal or civil). By typing someone’s name or case number in the search box, anyone can discover numerous types of court records, including criminal records, bankruptcy filings, legal judgments, liens, or driving violations.


Court Case Information

Case records consist of documented case details, court date, conviction date, warrants, parties involved, indictment number, charges, and financial costs assessed and paid for an exact case. Data is extracted from digital case summaries, court calendars, pleadings, hearings, judge orders, and electronic access is available with a quick online case lookup.

Bankruptcies, Liens, and Judgments

For liens, judgments, and bankruptcies, courts keep records with each case number, date filed, bankruptcy court, filing grounds, state, filing type (the bankruptcy chapter invoked), the case disposition, assets, debts, and liabilities. Identifying data of the filing person (name, current address) is also documented.

Arrest Records

Arrest records summarize the information registered by law enforcement agencies after arresting an individual. They include specifics on the alleged crime and the suspect, such as offense, charge category, offender's contact information, arrest report, crime location, arrest date, mugshots, source state, criminal court name, case type, and number.

Criminal Court Records

Criminal court records are public records of someone's criminal wrongdoings. Held and maintained by different law enforcement agencies at federal, state, county, and municipal levels, they offer access to details regarding criminal cases, felony charges, and misdemeanor charges, with data such as the court, date, case id, charges, and case status.

Civil Court Records

Civil court records contain information regarding civil lawsuit cases that arise when two parties cannot solve a dispute outside the court system, for instance, bankruptcy details, tax and property liens, small claims judgments, evictions, breach of contract, divorce proceedings, and asset distribution.

Traffic Court Records

Traffic court records can be easily found online by conducting a traffic case search. The matching results feature details on driving under the influence (DUI/OUI), speeding, hit and run, aggressive driving, driving without insurance or a valid license, and reckless driving.

What Are Court Records?

US Court System Explained - How to Find Court Records

Federal, state, county, and municipal court records are court documents created by district courts, circuit courts, territorial courts (before statehood), the Supreme Court (superior court), and appellate courts. Case files are the main category of court records, which includes equity, admiralty, criminal, bankruptcy, and civil cases, followed by other types of materials and official records, such as dockets, indexes, minutes, administrative files, proceedings, allegations, sworn statements, affidavits taken under oath, rule books, court order books, execution books, and final record books.

The earliest court records registered at the National Archives where federal court proceedings are held date from 1790. Since then, it’s estimated that more than 2.2 billion of textual pages admitted as court documentation have been archived at the federal level alone. Federal courts handle files on patent law, bankruptcy law, social security law, immigration law, and whenever any other federal laws are being broken.

To ensure the justice system’s highest standards of transparency, accuracy, impartiality, and integrity, and to prevent unfairness or errors, court information is usually accessible for public inspection. Apart from hidden records, most court records from any judicial branch are open to public access and are even available online or at the court clerk's office, for consultation.

Since 1970, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regulates the fairness, accuracy, and privacy of the general information collected by consumer reporting agencies. The Congress has limited the use of such public data and it cannot be used for employment decisions, to determine eligibility for a license, line of credit, tenancy, or other similar purposes.

Common Questions About Court Records

How To Get Court Records Online For Free?

You can easily get court records online, at no cost, by visiting the right courthouse’s website(Civil, Criminal, Bankruptcy, or Court of Appeals) or state-specific sites. is another fast option.

How To Obtain Court Records?

Courthouses grant access to court records by fax, mail or online orders. For physical copies, download and complete a form, fax/mail or email it to the appropriate facility and pay a small fee. For Appellate, District, and Bankruptcy federal court records, use the PACER service.

How Do I Get A Copy Of My Court Records?

Getting copies of court records is a simple, straightforward process. You just need to search the county court’s website and head to their searchable records database.

How To Remove Public Records From Court?

Public records and anything related to a court or government lien usually stays on your record for ten years. In some cases, record sealing or destroying is allowed by proving a “compelling need” for confidentiality, which overcomes the public’s need for access.

Who Has Access To Sealed Court Records?

Under the common law, only police departments, State's Attorneys, district court judges and the courts can still consult sealed court records, unless a district court has ordered otherwise. Other parties can also be granted viewing rights only upon request.

How To Find Old Court Records?

You can search old court records on or by getting in touch with the county clerk of courts office where the case was argued. When submitting a request to examine archived cases and court files, you might need the person’s name, file number, city and state where the case was handled.

How To Look Up Someone's Court Records?

Each state’s Court of Justice and Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) provides online access to the court system, including any civil, criminal, or appeal cases filed within that jurisdiction. Alternatively, use The National Archives Order Reproductions website or

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