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The Maintenance of Court Records

Dec 16, 2007
Court records are records maintained by courts regarding the various lawsuits that are filed before it. These are public records and can be accessed by citizens to know information regarding the particular lawsuit, unless prohibited for public perusal as in the cases against juveniles.

Why accessing court records is a necessity
Accessing court records has become vitally important and is constantly used for performing background checks. Constant interaction with strangers in the modern world has necessitated the use of court records to know more about the whereabouts of a person and whether he has been involved in any lawsuits, civil or criminal.

The use of court records has been extensive of late and is used by people for many reasons.

Employers wanting to know more about their present employees as well as prospective employees seeking jobs in their firms use these court records to know if the person has a criminal history before employing anyone. It also helps in knowing whether the person has been held in any kind of cheating cases or disputes of that like. Due to complex nature of law, no company would wish to take up the liability of facing a lawsuit due to the deeds of the employees in the company.

It is used by many a parent to know more about a nanny that they are planning to hire to look after their child. The risks of employing people with a criminal background and worse still, a sexual offender has increased the needs of performing background checks on the individual through various public records to ensure the safety of their child.

It is also used by landlords to check on soon-to-be tenants to know if the person has a criminal background attached to him/ her. They would also get to check through bankruptcy court records whether the person has filed for bankruptcy at any point of time and whether the person is capable of paying the monthly rents.

Court records have also been accessed by many people who are entering into business relationships with others. It helps in assessing the financial situation of the person and knowing whether the person has been in any problems and has any past or pending lawsuits against him for cheating, re-payment of loans, bankruptcy, etc.

These court records have also helped many a person know more about their partners in terms of whether they have been in divorce cases, alimony payments, harassment cases, domestic violence, etc such that it helps them avoid unpleasantness at a later point of time.

There are many more such instances where accessing such public records such as court records carries vital information that helps protect an individual's safety or the interests of a business or company. This is an important tool that removes the tag of anonymity under which the person may otherwise cause undue harm.
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Brian W. is a self-proclaimed expert in the court system and specializes in providing free information regarding court records. For FREE ACCESS to his articles, just visit RecordsSiteReviews.com.
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