Instant Access to Civil and Criminal Court Records
CourtRecords is a website dedicated to providing easy and effective access to public records created in the United States Court System. This helps to ensure that Americans countrywide can access, study, and obtain records in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, which provides citizens with the right to view government created records, documents and files.
The goal of this website is to provide access of court records to the general public to use as they see fit. This can be done without requiring personal information unless a record has been made unavailable, is classified, or is blocked by court order.
Court records can be divided into criminal court records, civil court records, family court records, and traffic court records. This includes over 350 million transparent court records.
The United States Court System is divided into federal and state courts, then further divided into different courts to either spread out court workload or handle specialized cases. In most cases, however, states will at minimum have a Supreme Court, a Court of Appeals, and lower courts usually called District or County Courts.
Supreme Courts are usually the court of final resort for their court structures, and can hold jurisdiction over appeals of a criminal nature or those involving the death penalty. They also hold jurisdiction over sweeping law changes and matters of societal rights.
Appellate Courts are usually either the second highest court, or the highest court in their prospective court systems. They hear large numbers of appellate cases, usually as a means to alleviate the Supreme Court of this workload, though equally common is their jurisdiction over civil court appeals.
District Courts go by numerous names, but are generally considered one of the first courts approached when opening legal action. They can hold jurisdiction over individual counties, groups of counties, or unspecified population areas should an area have a dense enough population. They are considered high courts on a local level, but do not hold the same ruling power as appellate or supreme courts.