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PACER / US Party Case Index

PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) connects you to virtually every US District Court and US Bankruptcy Court plus US Appellate Courts. Search for parties or cases. Link to dockets and retrieve copies of documents. An account is required and there is a nominal charge per page displayed. Open an account by going to https://www.pacer.gov/psco/cgi-bin/regform.pl
PACER US Party/Case Index

Justia.com / Virtual Chase

The Virtual Chase has provided online research assistance to legal professionals since the Summer of 1996. The site was created in order to disseminate articles and teaching aids to law librarians and other instructors of Internet research. It has since expanded to offer articles, guides and teaching materials. This link connects you to a directory of State Government and Legal Resources for all 50 states.
Justia.com / Virtual Chase


Free Court Records Search And Information. Link to resources that provide online search and information of criminal court records, family, probate, bankruptcy, juvenile, civil, supreme and local courts. County court resources nationwide for case lookup, docket information, trial calendars and court clerk contact information. Official state judicial websites open to the public free and available online. Access appellate court decisions, district, county, circuit courts, court of common pleas, municipal and state court filings. Conduct a search and inquiry for one state or all venues across the United States.
New York State Civil and Criminal Records Searches
Links to the NYS Unified Court Systems eCourts website. The WebCivil Supreme option allows you to search all NY county Supreme Courts for civil cases in which an RJI (Request for Judicial Intervention) was filed. The site also links to WebCrims data which allows the user to look up any criminal case with a future appearance date (NOTE -- this is not a criminal history search -- see next item). The site also links to WebCivil Local, a database of City Court and other lower court records (less than $25,000 in demand).

New York State Unified Court System

Online NY court records

New York State Records Info Package
Court PC compiled this PDF package describing the record sources available through the eCourts website (above). The package also includes the form for requesting a statewide NY criminal records history search
New York eCourts information packet
Massachusetts Criminal Records Search
This form (PDF file) is used for requesting a statewide criminal records history search in Massachusetts (known as CORI)
Massachusetts CORI request
Due Diligence Investigation & Fraud Investigation Database



Since 1980, Michael N. Moore, Paralegal & Licensed Private Investigator in Boston, MA, has been compiling the names of alleged and reputed swindlers, gangsters, embezzlers, corrupt officials, and other people you need to know about (122,300 records through January 2012, with over 40,000 records for Massachusetts and more than 20,000 records for New York).   This database, in conjunction with searches of online commercial sources and relevant public records, is essential for background investigations.  These names can be downloaded into any other relational databases of personal names for fast mass background checks on campaign contributors, insurance claimants, employees, etc.

Due Diligence Investigation &

Fraud Investigation Database

National Center for State Courts

This page provides judicial branch links for each state, focusing on the administrative office of the courts, the court of last resort, any intermediate appellate courts, and each trial court level. If there is a statewide centralized database of court records available for the state, you should see it listed here.

NCSC -- Links to State Judicial Branch sites
Public Record Retriever Network

The Public Record Retrieval Network (PRRN) is the largest trade organization representing professionals in the public record industry. With more than 500 members in 50 states that retrieve documents from local government agencies in over 2,000 counties nationwide, PRRN Members are recognized as the nation's leaders in local public record searching and document retrieval. The place to go if you need to consult a local specialist for out-of-state public records.


In 1996, SearchSystems started out as a skiptracing and background search company working for law firms, financial institutions, and title insurance companies. In order to help their clients find public records on the Internet they developed a directory of links to public records called pac-info.com, which later became searchsystems.net. Since then, they've added over 48,000 links to public record databases. These links are organized by geographic location and by type of public record, and a helpful description has been added to each one. Search Systems adds new databases each day, and continually evaluates each link to determine if it's working. Search Systems may be the best resource for public records--especially criminal records--on the Internet. Some sites are free, some available only to "premium" subscribers who pay an annual fee.


Courtport is a valuable research portal which enables subscribers to conduct due diligence and investigative research on companies and individuals instantly. The Courtport portal and blog were originally located at LegalDockets.com. Case information, criminal records, liens, recordings, vital records, and more are available. Case information includes docket sheets, filings, rulings, calendars, motions, and other related documents vital to in-depth research. In addition to civil, criminal, bankruptcy, and other court case information, you can also search criminal records, such as prison and jail inmate logs, arrests and bookings, outstanding warrants, and sex offender registries. The portal also helps you quickly access corporate records, UCCs, vital records, trademarks, and property records. Access fee charged.

BRB Publications
BRB provides links to thousands of free public record sites in all 50 states. This site also offers a free, searchable database which allows you to find records retrievers in any county in any state. The site also links to newsletters, blogs, etc. of interest for public records research, and lists all BRB publications, such as Business Background Investigations and The Criminal Records Manual.

Fair Credit Reporting Act

Full text (in PDF format) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act with amendments of 2005 provided by the Federal Trade Commission
Fair Credit Reporting Act
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