Electronic Access to Court Records

April 20, 2020 by Meredith Trimble

Electronic Access to Court Records

With judges, attorneys, court staff, and the public staying home amid COVID-19 pandemic precautions, the need for virtual ways to conduct business has never been greater. To best follow health guidelines to secure community safety, counties across the country are searching for ways to limit trips to the courthouse for staff as well as the public. Included in this is the need for electronic access to case records, including documents issued by judges.

Nueces County, Texas, recently partnered with re:SearchTX to solve this challenge. The partnership provides legal stakeholders and residents with online access to complete case records across multiple jurisdictions. This enables individuals to instantly view all the documents related to cases in which they are involved, including records issued by the presiding judge. Individuals can also view all publicly available civil, family, and probate case information.

Judge Barbara Canales of Nueces County noted that, “it is imperative that we find new ways to conduct court business." "This new partnership allows us to accommodate the need for electronic access and transparency during this time of uncertainty, while also ensuring unprecedented access to court documents for the long term,” she continued.

Re:Search TX provides a way for attorneys, judges, and other constituents to access information from any place, on any device through a web-based portal that provides immediate and secure access to a consolidated database of case information. Apart from facilitating virtual business necessary to navigate the current pandemic, the enhanced online access to court records increases transparency and saves all parties time and money.

Beyond access to Nueces County records, the platform unites the state’s courts, regardless of jurisdiction, so that everyone from legal professionals to self-represented litigants can easily view the information they need without having to search through hundreds of disparate online court record systems.

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