Providing easy and inexpensive access to public court records, which is in the public interest and is a public service.
Open Records Case Law:
Under U.S. case law, court records do not constitute "private information". In fact, in the United States there is a common law presumption of public access to judicial records. See Nixon v. Warner Commc'ns, Inc., 435 U.S. 589, 597 (1978); United States v. Kravetz, 706 F.3d 47, 62 (1st Cir. 2013). This presumption "stems from the premise that public monitoring of the judicial system fosters the important values of `quality, honesty and respect for our legal system." Siedle v. Putnam Investments, Inc., 147 F.3d 7, 9-10 (1st Cir. 1998). Furthermore, Congress has recognized a "compelling public need" to keep court records publicly available. United States v. Schnitzer, 567 F.2d 536, 539 (2d Cir. 1977).
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bound by these terms and to comply with all applicable laws and
regulations. If you do not agree to these terms, please do not
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consumer reporting agency & information contained in reports is
derived from public records, which may not always
be 100 percent accurate or complete. This information is not to be used for credit, employment, insurance, or ANY PURPOSE described in the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). All searches are subject to legal
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any third party receiving such information from or through User)
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linked site or any changes or updates to such sites. CourtSentry is providing these links to you as a convenience, and the
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the information relies upon these sources, we cannot and do
not assume responsibility for it being current, accurate, or
complete. CourtSentry.com hereby expressly disclaims any
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fitness for a particular purpose and shall not be liable for any
claims or liabilities relating to the search results. By requesting any
search, you certify that you are in, and assume full responsibility
for, compliance with the Terms and Use and any/all legal
restrictions. All records found should be verified at the
originating agency or source before being considered valid.
CourtSentry.com's data does not extend to all jurisdictions in every state. Some courts and public administrators act in contravention of open records laws by making it difficult or impossible to obtain bulk court data, which increases the risk to public safety and awareness.
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affiliated companies, joint ventures, business partners, licensors,
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(including, but not limited to, direct, incidental, consequential,
exemplary and indirect damages), and attorneys? fees, resulting from
or arising out of your use, misuse, or inability to use the Site, or
the Content, or any violation by you of this Agreement.
Opt Out Policy: Note that public
records such as court records can be updated or corrected, but not
removed unless expunged, sealed, court ordered or the like.
For additional assistance you can submit support requests 24/7 here: (support services).
Disclaimer: If records are blocked or
removed, we do not guarantee the information will not be available
again in the future from other sources or our site. CourtSentry
obtains data from multiple sources and opting out of publicly
available data may not affect the availability of records to
Government entities, Law Enforcement, Business community, or for
other legally permissible purposes. In addition, we have no control
over records provided by 3rd party vendors.
We will use reasonable efforts to deliver data services and to
compile information gathered from selected public records and other
sources used in the provision of our Services; provided however,
that Customers accept all information "AS IS." By using this service
you acknowledge and agree, that CourtSentry.com obtains its
data from third party sources that may or may not be completely
thorough and accurate, and that Customers shall not rely on
CourtSentry.com for the accuracy or completeness of information
supplied in using our data Services.
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NOTE: CourtSentry is not a "consumer reporting agency" as defined under the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"), 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., as amended, and the Data or other information in our databases has not been collected in whole or in part for the purpose of furnishing "consumer reports," as defined by the FCRA. Rather, the Data or other information has been obtained by us as a result of being publicly available to us for our possession, use and dissemination, and the Services and Data are not intended or expected to be used to (a) establish a consumer's eligibility for personal credit or insurance; (b) assess risks associated with existing consumer credit obligations; or (c) evaluate an individual for employment, promotion, reassignment or retention (including employment of household workers such a nannies, housekeepers, or contractors) or in conjunction with assessing the merits of entering into any other personal business transaction with another individual. You agree and understand that you may not and will not use the Services or Data for any of the aforementioned purposes.
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Registration You must be 18 years of age or older to use CourtSentry.com and purchase any CourtSentry.com services. Any offers of sale are only intended for individuals who are 18 years of age or older. By using CourtSentry.com or purchasing CourtSentry.com services, you affirm that you are 18 years of age or older.
You agree to provide accurate, current, and complete information during the registration process ("Registration Information"). You are solely responsible for maintaining the security of your Registration Information, and for any and all use of your account.
We recognize that some visitors to our
site are concerned about the information they provide to us, and how we
address those concerns. This Policy relates only to our online
registration information collection and use practices. We may update
this Policy from time to time, so please check in occasionally.
Types of Information We Collect
At our site, we collect both information and aggregate information.
Personally-identifiable information relates to an individual consumer -
e.g., name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, etc. We collect
this information from individuals who provide it to us voluntarily and
knowingly, such as by registering at our site, or by providing name and
address information to enter a promotion. We don't require you to
register or provide this information to us in order to view our site or
have access to much of its content. However, if you register, you will
have access to certain additional features.
Aggregate information relates to such things as how many consumers visit
the site, which pages they access, the type of web browser and operating
system you use, the name of your Internet Service Provider (e.g.,
America Online), and so on. When you visit our site, we may collect this
information, and combine it with similar information collected about all
other visitors. By collecting this information, we learn how to best
tailor our website to our visitors.
How Information is Collected
When you register on the site, we collect the information you
provide. We collect the information needed for you to participate and
for us to fulfill our obligations to you. When you use our site, we
collect whatever information you submit. When you e-mail us, we collect
the e-mail address you supply, so that we can respond.
We also collect aggregate information on an ongoing basis when you
view our website or our interactive advertisements. The collection of
this non-personal information is done either through "cookie" technology
or with "web beacons" (also called 'single-pixel gifs'), as explained
Like many companies, we use "cookie" technology on and off of our
website. Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers
to an individual's hard drive for purpose of keeping records. They
enhance your online experience by saving your preferences while you
are visiting a particular site. The cookies do not contain any
personally-identifiable information and cannot profile your system
or collect information from your hard drive.
When you view our website or interactive advertisements, we may
place a "cookie" on your computer. Temporary cookies are used for
purposes such as counting the number of visits to our sites. These
temporary cookies are eliminated when you exit your browser. A
permanent cookie may also be stored on your computer by your
browser. When you log in, this type of cookie tells us whether
you've visited us before or if you are a new visitor. The cookie
doesn't obtain any personal information about you or provide us with
any way to contact you, and the cookie doesn't extract any
information from your computer. We do use the cookie to help us
identify site features in which you have the greatest interest, so
that we can provide more of what you may want.
The "help" portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you
how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have
the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to
disable cookies altogether. Remember, though, that cookies allow you
to take full advantage of website features, and we recommend that
you leave them turned on.
Questionnaires and Surveys
We may occasionally ask visitors to complete surveys and opinion
polls about their attitudes and interests. Surveys help us to understand
How We Use Your Personal Information
By registering for an account with us you agree to allow follow-up contacts
and be on our mailing lists. We may contact you from time to time. For example,
we may send you marketing or promotion materials; we may respond to your comments or
requests for information; or we may contact you if needed in the course of processing
a product or service you requested through our website. When voluntarily registering,
we ask for some personally-identifiable information, such as your name and phone number.
We use this information if we need to contact you directly because our attempts to contact
you by e-mail were unsuccessful. We also use personal information about you to improve our
marketing and promotional efforts; to statistically analyze website usage; and to improve our
features and content. We may also use your personal information to deliver content that
is customized to your interests as we best understand them from the information you've
provided to us and your activities on the site. This customized content may include
such things as banners, product information, and promotions.
Third Parties Who May Provide Support Services
In the course of doing business, we may employ other companies and
individuals to perform a variety of functions on our behalf. For
example, we may hire agencies to help administer consumer promotions, to
analyze data, to fulfill orders you place, and to provide customer
service. These agents may have access to personal information if it is
needed to perform their functions for us.
Data Sharing and Transfer
We may transfer or disclose the information we gather at our websites
to third parties.
There may be times when we share aggregate information about our
visitors (for example, the percentage of male and female visitors to our
site) with advertisers, business partners, sponsors, and other third
parties in an effort to customize or enhance the content and advertising
of our site for our users. We may also aggregate data from web log files
(such as your web browser, operating system, pages visited, etc.) to
understand how users navigate the site and what features are most
Links to Other Sites
We do our best to make sure that every link on our website sends you
to a safe place on the Internet. However, websites and addresses change
quickly, and we cannot guarantee the content of every site to which we
provide a link. In addition, different websites have different privacy
site you're visiting to understand your rights.
Important Note to Kids
Before providing your name, address, e-mail address, or any other
personal information to anyone on the Internet, be sure to ask your
parents if it's OK.
No portions of our site are intended for use by children or directed
in whole or in part to kids under 18.
How To Contact Us
If you have any questions
We'll be happy to answer
your questions or hear your concerns.