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Title:
The sourcebook of county court records : a national guide to civil, criminal, and probate records at the county and municipal levels within the state court sytems
Author:
Sankey, Michael L., 1949-
Edition:
Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Tempe, AZ : BRB Publications, 1998.
Physical Description:
iv, 629 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781879792449
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Provides quick yet detailed access information on some 6,400 major courts that have jurisdiction over significant criminal and civil cases under law, encompassing all state felony courts, larger claim and civil courts, and probate courts. Material is organized by state, and each state introduction summarizes where other major categories of court cases can be found. Useful for attorneys, investigators, record retrievers, security departments, law enforcement, employment screening firms, and genealogists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


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This edition provides detailed access information to more than 6,700 state courts in the US that have jurisdiction over significant criminal and civil cases. Entries are arranged alphabetically by state, then alphabetically by county. The state charts outline the structure of the court system, and each county listing provides court names, addresses, hours, phone numbers, and court jurisdiction. Specific information is given for accessing criminal or civil case files, including indexes available. Court staff assistance levels are noted with fees for services performed. The sourcebook is most useful for those undertaking general litigation research, especially for firms that track legal and records information across state lines, where nationwide generalizations cannot be made about where specific types of court cases might be handled. The book is marginal in value to those undertaking genealogical research. Recommended for law professionals, legal libraries both public and private, and public record search firms. F. R. Levstik; Kentucky Department for Libraries & Archives


Table of Contents

Introduction
What County Court Records is Aboutp. 1
Applicationsp. 1
How to Use This Book
Reading the State Chartsp. 2
Reading the Court Profilesp. 3
Using the City/County Cross Referencep. 4
Searching for Court Records
First ... Some Court Basicsp. 6
Types of Litigation in Trial Courtsp. 6
State Court Structuresp. 7
How Courts Maintain Recordsp. 7
Performing the Search
How to Searchp. 9
Fees, Charges, and Usagep. 10
Public Records Onlinep. 10
Court Profiles
Alabama--Wyomingp. 11