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Search county courts for a variety of civil and criminal matters. In the states that have a judicial county court, such as New York, it generally handles trials for felonies, as well as appeals of misdemeanors from local courts and some small claims cases. In today's high tech world, information seekers are now offered a direct route to many of the data they want and need. From any computer you can search databases of "Open" or "Public" records in a user friendly environment. Information found in these databases might contain various types of state and county information. Following are the types of information that might be kept: various county court records, (Which may include criminal recordsearch, civil & circuit court records, criminal court records, Sex Offender Registration, incarceration records, corporation records, Federal Tax Liens, State Tax Liens and Uniform Commercial Code or (UCC RECORDS) and Driver Records. You might also have the ability to search the tax assessor's database for property records, real estate assessment info, land records , county property appraisal data, assessor tax maps, mortgage and deed recording data, judgment records, jail records, most wanted criminal records, and many other public records.

You can usually get access to court records through PACER or Public Access to Court Electronic Records or you can contact the court or go to the court to request to view the files. The National Archive also can give you access to some court records. PACER will give you access to federal appelate court records as well as bankruptcy records.

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Glossary County Courts

The Appeal department is tasked with the preparation and monitoring of any and all records on appeal for county or circuit courts. This department must also track mandates and opinions for all courtroom activities. This allows them to coordinate these activities between multiple courtroom divisions.

Circuit Civil Court
This court oversees cases which require monetary decisions of more than $15,000 and other cases where the defendant may receive a monetary award.  These include professional or medical malpractice, negligence, injunctions and/or other similar judgments, and foreclosures.

Court Ordered Payments
Defendants may be required or ordered to pay court costs and/or fines in addition to any fines levied against them as part of their sentence. As soon as the court has concluded, the fines must be paid in full or, depending on the circumstances, the defendant may be able to enter into a payment plan.

Family Law
As its name suggest, Family Law is tasked with overseeing cases that involve one or more family members.  These include:

  • Divorce/dissolution of marriage
  • Name changes
  • Domestic violence/orders of protection
  • Paternity
  • Child/spousal support
  • Adoption
  • Etc.

Juvenile Dependency
The department that covers juvenile dependency is tasked with overseeing any and all cases that include children who have been abandoned, abused, or otherwise neglected. All records concerning juvenile dependency cases are kept strictly confidential.

The Felony department is tasked with the overseeing of all criminal cases, including but not limited to felony, misdemeanor, and traffic.
A felony is defined as any crime that is punishable under the laws of the county, state, or federal government that is punishable by death and/or imprisonment. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Kidnapping
  • Burglary
  • Grand Theft
  • Forgery
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Sexual Battery
  • Aggravated child abuse
  • Etc.

Crimes that are tried as felonies falls under one of the five following classifications, ranked in descending order.

  • Capital felony
  • Life felony
  • First degree felony
  • Second degree felony
  • Third degree felony.

Juvenile Delinquency
The juvenile delinquency division is tasked with the handling of all cases involving minors under the age of 18. Of necessity, this division works very closely with local law enforcement, as well as public defenders, state attorneys, and the Department of Juvenile Justice. They are responsible for creating dockets for each case, attending any and all hearings, and maintaining all required records.
Misdemeanor offences are defined as violations of the law at are not considered as serious as those classified as felony offences. These violations are punishable by:

  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Imprisonment for a length of time not exceeding one year.

Misdemeanor charges include but are not limited to: assault, prostitution, resisting arrest without violence, possession of marijuana, and possession of any marijuana related items or paraphernalia, and petty theft.
Probate is a department that is tasked with the maintenance of any and all court records concerning the estates of those who are deceased.  They can and often are also tasked with the guardianship of incapacitated persons, some minors, and anyone who has been committed to a mental health or rehabilitation facility.
Small Claims
Small claims court is a division tasked with the handling of claims in which the monetary value does not exceed $5,000.00. These cases can include landlord/tenant disputes, non-monetary cases concerning equity, or animal control.
County Civil
County civil court is a division responsible for handling cases with claims that vary from $5,000.00 to $15,000.00.
The traffic division is tasked with the control, recording, and processing of all traffic tickets, warning, and citations issued by the local Police Department or other issuing law enforcement agencies.  These agencies traditionally file one of four cases in the event of traffic violations.

  • Criminal traffic violations
  • Traffic infractions
  • Misdemeanors that occur during a traffic violation
  • Ordinance violations.



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