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Alabama

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AlaCourt Disclaimer: CUSTOMER EXPRESSLY AGREES AND UNDERSTANDS THAT ALL PUBLIC INFORMATION DATABASES FURNISHED BY ON-LINE REPRESENT DUPLICATIONS OF OFFICIAL RECORDS AND ARE MAINTAINED AND MADE AVAILABLE FOR CONVENIENCE PURPOSES ONLY. THE OFFICIAL PUBLIC RECORDS EXIST ONLY IN THE OFFICES OF APPROPRIATE PUBLIC OFFICIALS. ON-LINE DOES NOT WARRANT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE PUBLIC INFORMATION CONTAINED WITHIN ITS DATABASES. ANY LEGAL OR BINDING ACTIONS SHOULD BE BASED SOLELY UPON APPROPRIATE CHECKS OF OFFICIAL PUBLIC RECORDS.

Alaska

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CourtViewDisclaimer: **IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT ONLINE RECORDS**All Case Types: Always verify identity. Do not assume that a person listed in this database is the person you are looking for without at least confirming that the date of birth is the same. The court system cautions employers, credit agencies, and others to verify identity before taking any adverse action against a person whose name appears in this database. Additional identifying information may be available in the case file. To request a copy of documents from the case file, contact the court in which the matter was filed.Criminal Cases: Do not assume that a defendant was convicted just because a criminal case was filed. Always check the disposition of each charge. Do not assume that a defendant was convicted of a felony based on the case type that appears on the search result screen and in the case record. The case type reflects the charges that appeared in the original charging document. If the original charging document included any felony charges, the case will be listed as a felony (either “District Court Felony” or “Crim Superior Court”), even if all the charges were eventually reduced to misdemeanors or dismissed. Always check the final charge in the case shown in the top bar of the charge screen.

Arizona

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Please be aware of the following limitations of the case records displayed:
• The information may not be a current, accurate, or complete record of the case.
• The information is subject to change at any time.
• The information is not the official record of the court.
• Not all cases from a participating court may be included.
• The information should not be used as a substitute for a thorough background search of official public records.

Arkansas

California

Colorado

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Disclaimer: The data on this website is provided in live time from the Colorado Judicial Department electronic database for county and district courts; however, the Colorado Judicial Department or contractors declare that the information provided does not constitute the official record of the court. Any user of the information is hereby advised that it is being provided "as is" with no warranties, express or implied, including the implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose. The information on this website does not represent all the cases or case types filed with the Colorado courts.

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Online court records are not the same as background checks

Online access to case information is provided by the State of Hawai`i Judiciary (Judiciary) as a public service. Ho`ohiki provides access to information from criminal and civil case files in the Circuit and Family Courts and certain civil cases of the District Courts of the State of Hawai`i. The information cannot be removed unless the case records are sealed by a court order. Any unauthorized attempt to remove or change the online information is strictly prohibited.

The information displayed is from official records, but does not comprise all information from court records available to the public. Court pleadings, for instance, may be found in case files that may be viewed and copied at a courthouse, but are not currently available through this Web site. Confidential cases, sealed cases and sealed documents also are not available online. The Judiciary has attempted to protect personal identifiers by blocking electronic data fields containing Social Security numbers, birth dates, home addresses and home telephone numbers. However, if otherwise private information is revealed in evidence, pleadings or other documents (such as exhibits, affidavits and transcripts) that are part of the public court record, the information is accessible in paper form at a courthouse and will be available electronically when imaged court records are made accessible to the public.

Case information provided by the Judiciary through this website is made available "as is," with no warranties, express or implied, including any implied warranties of merchantability, accuracy, non-infringement, or fitness for a particular purpose. In no event shall the Judiciary and its employees, officers, contractors, agents or representatives be liable for damages of any nature whatsoever arising from the use of or inability to use this website or the online databases, or for the accuracy or validity of any information provided. While the Judiciary uses reasonable efforts to provide accurate, complete and current information on this website, it does not guarantee or represent that the information contains no errors, omissions or inaccuracies. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of the information is the user's responsibility.

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

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Information displayed on this site is not to be considered or used as an official court record and may contain errors or omissions. Accuracy of the information is not warranted. Official records of court proceedings may only be obtained directly from the court maintaining a particular record.

Iowa

Kansas

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The data contained on this Web site is public information, and it is provided in electronic form for the public’s convenience. This data search is not a complete list of the public records available in each office.

Each county in Kansas has a different implementation date with the final court implementation of Full Court. The State of Kansas, the Supreme Court, the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration, this county’s Judicial District Court and the employees, officers and agents thereof, make no warranties, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, thoroughness, or timeliness of the data contained on this Web site.

The use of this Web site or the data contained herein must comply with all appropriate Kansas and federal statutes, case law, administrative orders, and regulations. The State of Kansas, the Supreme Court, the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration, this county’s Judicial District Courts, and the employees, officers and agents thereof, are not liable for any legal claims arising from or related to the use of this Web site or the data contained herein.

Individuals who access this Web site and/or utilize its data assume the sole legal responsibility for such use or utilization. Individuals who access this Web site and/or utilize its data further assume the sole legal responsibility for verifying the data and comparing it to the applicable original records maintained in this county’s Judicial District Courts.

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

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While much information is made available to the public through this site, some information may be restricted or require registration to obtain.  All of the information collected at this site becomes a public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by members of the public, unless an exemption in law exists.  
The information available through the Maryland Judiciary Case Search (MDJCS) database may be limited in SCOPE (extent of information available), HISTORY (years of available information), TIME (how quickly information is updated), and RELIABILITY (general accuracy of information). 
I.  Scope of Information  Information is available on all civil, traffic, and criminal cases in the state.  This information includes defendant name, city and state, case number, date of birth, plaintiff name (civil cases only), trial date, charge, and case disposition.
II.  Historical Information  All information contained in the MDJCS database originates in the individual counties where the case is filed, and is available for the period that each county has maintained an automated case management system.  The amount of historical information may vary by county based on when an automated case management system was deployed in that county and how the system has evolved.
III.  Timeliness of Information  MDJCS case data is updated regularly, with these limitations:        i. Information originating or maintained within the Circuit Courts and District Courts of all Maryland counties, is available at the approximate time that it is entered in the records of the court.  
IV.  Reliability of Information This site reflects the electronic record of the cases presented and may not always reflect the information maintained within the official case file.  The data may not be reliable in the sense that further action may occur in the case that would affect the record.  
The Maryland Judiciary, its agencies, officers, or employees do not guarantee the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information contained in this system.  Users rely on this information at their own risk.  

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

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1. UNOFFICIAL RECORDS. The information available on MPA Remote is provided as a service and is not considered an official court record. The Minnesota Judicial Branch does not certify MPA Remote records or search results and is not responsible for any errors or omissions in the data found on MPA Remote. Certified civil judgment search results may be obtained from court administration.

4. MPA SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS. Background checks should be conducted through the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s (BCA) Computerized Criminal History (CCH) system, which you can access online at https://cch.state.mn.us/, at their office located at 1430 Maryland Avenue East in St. Paul, or by calling 651-793-2400 for information.  The BCA’s CCH system links prior criminal history through fingerprints to verify the identification of the individual.  MPA Remote cannot provide this level of verification. 

6. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for understanding the meaning of the case record information that you view through MPA Remote and for the appropriate and lawful use of such information. If you have any questions regarding the meaning of case information on MPA Remote, please ask the local court administrator. You are also responsible for determining whether any case record information previously obtained from MPA Remote is still accurate, current, and complete.

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

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The information displayed on this Web Site is generated from computerized records in the custody and control of the New Jersey Judiciary and is intended for informational purposes only. The Judiciaryprovides this information as a public service and makes no warranties,either expressed or implied, regarding its accuracy, reliability,currency, completeness, or suitability for any particular purpose.Additionally, the Judiciary assumes no liability for the improper orillegal use of information obtained from its computerized systems.

New Mexico

New York

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Because transcription or other errors may arise when compiling the information provided on this website, users should verify the accuracy of information by consulting original court records or sources. The Unified Court System is not responsible for consequential use of website errors.

North Carolina

North Dakota

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YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for understanding the meaning of the case record information that you view through NDCRI and for the appropriate and lawful use of such information. If you have any questions regarding the meaning of case information on NDCRI, please contact the court clerk of the corresponding district court or please contact the court clerk of the corresponding municipal court .

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

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Docket sheet information should not be used in place of a criminal history background check, which can only be provided by the Pennsylvania State Police.Employers who do not comply with the provisions of the Criminal History Record Information Act(18 Pa.C.S. Section 9101 et seq.) may be subject to civil liability as set forth in 18 Pa.C.S. Section 9183.

Rhode Island

South Carolina

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Portions of such information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity whorelies on any information obtained from this web site does so at his or her ownrisk. In addition, nothing contained within this web site is an official recordof the County or the elected officials responsible therefore. All officialrecords of the County and the offices of countywide elected officials are onfile in their respective offices and may be reviewed by the public at thoseoffices. 

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

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The information obtained from VTCourtsOnline is not guaranteed to be complete or accurate. Please realize that you use this information at your own risk, and understand that Vermont Judiciary is not responsible for any errors or omissions or misrepresentations made by persons based on the electronic records. Records not open to public inspection by statute are not contained on this website. If you believe any of the data contained in this database is inaccurate, please contact the court where the original record was created and filed.

Virginia

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We welcome your use of this informational system. Every effort is made to provide accurate and current information. However, due to updating cycles and resources, you may encounter some inaccurate or outdated information. OES makes no warranties regarding the accuracy, legality, reliability, or content of the information provided. OES disclaims any responsibility or liability for errors, omissions, and the accuracy of any information. Users of this system have the responsibility to verify the accuracy, currency and completeness of the information. The information in this system does not constitute the official record of judicial or administrative actions of the respective courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and this information is subject to change or correction at any time without notice. If the official records or official printed publications of the individual courts differ from the contents of records or publications included in the system, the official records or written publications should be relied upon.    

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

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Notice to Employers: It may be a violation of state law to discriminate against a job applicant because of an arrest or conviction record.  Generally speaking, an employer may refuse to hire an applicant on the basis of a conviction only if the circumstances of the conviction substantially relate to the particular job.  For more information, see Wisconsin Statute 111.335 and the Department of Workforce Development's Arrest and Conviction Records under the Law publication.

Publication of court information on other websites: WCCA is not responsible for court case information that is published on other websites. Any business or website offering to remove court case information for payment is not connected to WCCA or to any circuit court. Wisconsin circuit courts do not accept payment to remove court case information from the website. Payment to another organization will not cause court case information to be removed from the WCCA website.

Public Records on the Internet: The Director of State Courts' Office has adopted a Policy on Disclosure of Public Information Over the Internet. View the policy.

Wyoming