A court order is the only way to get a closer look at these records, but it’s not easy. Courts are really protective of their privacy and will do everything in their power to keep people from seeing what they have found out about you or anyone else for that matter.
There are several laws in place in various states that allow civil or criminal records to be kept private from the general public. Some states and the federal courts do not recognize the option of storing documents at all, but in those that do, only a judge can seal records.
Records can be accessed and recognized by a court in later litigation in many states. In other cases, the data is fully erased or destroyed. Records pertaining to minors, trade secrets, or other sensitive information are not subject to the same restrictions in every state.« Back to Glossary Index