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BigRed0427
Mar 22, 2007

There's no one I'd rather be than me.



So let's say theres someone I use to know who ended up going to jail for a very good reason. I know they were charged and last I saw were in a county jail somewhere. Is it possible to look up court proceedings about their case? Such as arraignment and statements?

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dirby
Sep 21, 2004


Fun Shoe

I Googled look up court proceedings and found information about looking things up for federal courts, the state I'm in, and a nearby state.

CarForumPoster
Jun 26, 2013


I scrape data from courts and generally know a buttload about finding court information. It varies hilariously wildly county to county in the USA in a way that's super frustrating. There's no national requirement that court proceedings be put online and different states have VERY different regulations about it.

Start by googling "[county] [state] court records" if that fails google "[county] [state] clerk of courts" or just PM me the info (name, location, date, crime) and Ill find it. Browse your local clerk of court websites for things that look like record search tools. Its not uncommon that the way you have to get records is by physically going to the court house or by purchasing records via the mail.

EDIT: They're usually at the county level but they don't have to be.

CarForumPoster fucked around with this message at 01:44 on Jul 21, 2020

charliebravo77
Jun 11, 2003



CarForumPoster posted:

I scrape data from courts and generally know a buttload about finding court information. It varies hilariously wildly county to county in the USA in a way that's super frustrating. There's no national requirement that court proceedings be put online and different states have VERY different regulations about it.

Start by googling "[county] [state] court records" if that fails google "[county] [state] clerk of courts" or just PM me the info (name, location, date, crime) and Ill find it. Browse your local clerk of court websites for things that look like record search tools. Its not uncommon that the way you have to get records is by physically going to the court house or by purchasing records via the mail.

EDIT: They're usually at the county level but they don't have to be.

This is correct on all accounts. If it's a Federal criminal charge it'll be on pacer.gov but if it's a state/county charge then it's anyone's guess as to if you'll be able to get info online as only ~70% of the ~3300 counties are available online in some capacity. Sometimes it's only civil available online which is annoying.

As someone who USES scraped (and direct-sourced) court data on a daily basis, I'm super curious about how this actually is done. I would imagine that in some states it's pretty easy like TX for example where most counties seem to use the same web/database provider and I would assume there's an API or other similar function to easily pull in records but it must be maddening in other places where each county is different or in places like OH where there's 30 city/municipal level courts in every county and every one of them is different.

CarForumPoster
Jun 26, 2013


charliebravo77 posted:


As someone who USES scraped (and direct-sourced) court data on a daily basis, I'm super curious about how this actually is done.

Whatís your use case for the data? If you donít want to post publicly feel free to PM me.

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charliebravo77
Jun 11, 2003



I'm an investigator so I use lots of the big name databases for public records.

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