The ability to search and discover court records is an essential skill for any investigator working in the US or gathering information on US subjects.
Both criminal and civil court records can contain valuable information about a subject’s location, pending actions, marital status, sources of funds, financial condition, litigation history and outstanding judgments.
But because there are many sources for court records, searching them is far from simple. Some investigators mishandle this task and miss essential information that may provide critical details that could impact the length, efficiency and outcome of their investigations. It’s a matter of knowing what to look for and where to look.
Brian Willingham, expert investigator and founder of Diligentia Group, outlines the intricacies of mining for court records.
- The complexities of the US court system
- Common mistakes and misunderstandings about court records
- Types of information you can find and where to find it
- Best practices for identifying and obtaining court documents