How to Obtain Court Records in Wyoming
The Wyoming judiciary has municipal courts at its base. These courts of limited jurisdiction may only hear cases about violations of local ordinances, and their power is limited to imposing $750 in fines and/or six months in jail. The next step up is circuit courts, which are located in each of the state’s 23 counties. These courts hold civil trials for small claims up to $6,000 and lawsuits under $50,000 in value as well as misdemeanors, protection orders, and traffic violations.
District courts in Wyoming have jurisdiction over family issues, juvenile cases, and lawsuits over property and contracts above $50,000 in value. It also handles felonies and criminal appeals.
At the top of the state judiciary is the supreme court, which hears selected appeals of decisions by lower courts, automatic appeals of death row cases, and state administrative agencies. This court also offers interlocutory opinions on matters of law to other courts during trials and oversees the state bar.
Obtaining court documents
There are many circumstances that can be clarified by a court document, such as proving you were never convicted of a crime, getting help with a protection order, enforcing child support payments, or showing that you completed a court-ordered class.
Use the search function on this page to find the necessary case number (use box on left side to search by participant name): https://efiling.courts.state.wy.us/public/publicActorSearch.do. Once you have the basic information, you may request documents by contacting the clerk of the court where the case was heard.
A decree is a legally binding document that is signed under the supervision of a judge of family court when a couple ends their marriage. The divorce decree plans out how children will be cared for, how property will be divided, whether alimony or other support will be paid, etc. To get a copy of your divorce decree, contact the clerk of the district court where the divorce was granted.
Bankruptcy cases are handled by U.S. District Courts in each state, which are federal courts, not state courts. These bodies also have jurisdiction over criminal trials and class action lawsuits, among other things. To search federal cases, start at www.pacer.gov.