Public Records are Free, Reproducing Them Aren't

Posted On 10:57 AM by Andrew Calvillo | 0 comments

Generally, court records are free to view. The only time when viewing or reproducing court records comes with a fee is when the records are anywhere but the court site.

There are still some court records on paper, which is why the government is expediting the migration of these documents to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Courts collect case records five years old or younger and schedule them for electronic transfer 20 years from the oldest record in the batch. For example, court records from 2006 to 2010 will be transferred to NARA in 2026.

In other words, electronic files may not be available if a case was relatively recent. You may need to file a request with the Federal Records Center (FRC) to retrieve the file you want, which comes with a $53 fee. If the files have been transferred, it's likely with the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) service. The service's rate is 10 cents a page, but there's a limit of $3.00 per document.

This is why court retrieval services normally charge a fee for reproduction of certain court documents. It's not necessarily denying the public access to vital public records, but maintaining the health of the electronic system doesn't come free. Fortunately, some services will notify you if the cost of reproducing the documents will be costlier than expected.
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Hiring the wrong kind of people is always bad for business, and ending up with a possibly dangerous individual risks both a company's owner and its clients. It pays to have an efficient method of screening all employees to avoid any potential tragedies. Businesses that want to ensure safety and security should coordinate with an employment background screening service like The Accu-Facts Company.

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To put things into perspective, keep in mind that some states suspend the teaching license of teachers who are found guilty of sexual offenses; other states may go as far as firing such employees immediately. Should this bill get the thumbs-up from the Senate, companies that offer public records search services, such as the Accu-Facts Company, may find themselves working more closely with various public schools in the future. Aside from providing pre-employment screening services, these companies also offer voluntary screening services for individuals who wish to prove that they have clean records.

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Elements of Comprehensive Background Screening

Posted On 11:54 AM by Andrew Calvillo | 0 comments

Employers and recruiters everywhere make it a point to only accept the very best individuals in their organizations. As such, background screening for recruitment is done very rigorously and extensively and may even take weeks. There are various techniques that companies may use and they may even work with an online screening service, but they more or less get the same details from applicants or recruits.

Educational attainment is one of the first things that employers ask for and this usually involves submitting copies of one's diploma, transcript of records, and other certifications. These documents can also be used to verify a person's basic personal information.

Furthermore, some organizations may require their applicants to take a drug test to determine the presence of illegal drugs in their system. Those who are taking prescription medicine must inform their recruiter as well as the one administering the test so that no mistakes will be made.


Criminal history checks are self-explanatory and a person's may accepted or denied based on his or her police records. These are regulated in the US by both state and federal laws, although there are some special cases wherein they're avoided altogether. Therefore, if you're planning to apply for a job, ensure that you inform your employer of any explanations that may not be present in a standard background check so that you can get a fair assessment.
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Things You Need to Know About Background Checks

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Employers don't just hire anyone that walks through the door; they have a checklist of requirements that they're looking for in applicants. Obviously, every company wants to secure bright and promising employees, so it's a given that relevant experience and skills are must-haves for job seekers. However, these aren't the only things that companies look for when hiring.

Some employers will ask personal questions or conduct research on individuals as part of a thorough background check. This typically involves investigating someone's criminal record (if it exists), credit score, employment history, and other issues. This is done because companies can't afford to hire a troublemaker or someone who is known to be very unreliable. The reputation of a brand is on the shoulders of its employees so if any of them make a terrible decision, the whole business will be negatively affected.


Those concerned about their privacy shouldn't be afraid because companies always keep these records confidential. Of course, applicants should be ready to explain honestly regarding the circumstances of each event in their history. Employers will always appreciate a genuine and truthful explanation even over questionable past decisions made. Note that even those with negative records can land a job but only if they have truly changed and are willing to accept certain conditions.
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