How to Research Court Records


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Even if you're not the defendant or the plaintiff, most court case information in civil and criminal cases is available for public review under the provisions of state and federal Freedom of Information laws. The key is finding out which court is handling the case, whether its local, county, state or federal court, and following its progress through the system.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You'll Need
Phone numbers and addresses for the appropriate local, county and federal courthouses.
Money for copies of documents.
Phone number for the office of court administration in your state.

Ask the local police department about the court case you're resea


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