Public Record Update
June 2014
Maine Court Record Access Fees
Earlier this month Maine made statutory changes to the fee structure for court record searching. Effective June 1, the fee for a court-searched record is $20.00 per name or per alias and the first search is no longer free. Prior to June 1, the fee was $15.00 and first search free. As part of the fee, all courts include a search of both the civil and criminal docket.

The changes are a result of a recent Administrative Order (JB-05-26) issued by the State Judiciary. See www.courts.maine.gov/fees_forms/fees.html.

Recent Changes to County Assignments in Federal Court Districts
Depending on how many satellite court locations you count, there are over 480 U.S. District and Federal Courts. Generally, these courts are organized into Districts and then n more populous states further organized into Divisions. Districts and Division are assigned counties. There have been several recent changes in county assignments.

Effective August 1, 2014, Volusia County moves from the Jacksonville Division to the Orlando Division in the Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Court. This revision (Local Rule 1071-) was approved by the Judges in the Middle District.

Earlier this year, the Divisions in the Southern District of the Mississippi U.S. District Court were realigned by federal legislation (HR 2871). This law realigned this judicial District from five Divisions to four Divisions and designated new county assignments. The text of the bill with the county assignments may be viewed at www.mssd.uscourts.gov/sites/mssd/files/attorney_notice.pdf.

Assignments can be confusing, especially when a Division has multiple offices. For example, the Western District of the Michigan U.S. District Court has 34 counties assigned to Southern Division and 15 counties assigned to the Northern Division. The Southern Division has a full services court in three locations - Lansing, Kalamazoo, and Grand Rapids. Which court location to be assigned a case is based on a random assignment to a judge, and not based on a strict county assignment within these three locations. So a case with a party having a residence or business location in perhaps Lansing could be assigned to the Court in Grand Rapids.

[If interested, BRB Publications provides a county-to-federal court table for all Bankruptcy and District Courts, for a nominal fee. Email us.]

Obtaining Texas Crash Reports
The Texas Department of Transportation recently instituted a revised Crash Report Online Purchase System designed for users to search for and purchase certified copies of a Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report (CR-3). There is no fee to verify the existence of a record. The fees to download the report are $6.00 for an uncertified report or $8.00 for a certified report. Credit cards are accepted. See cris.dot.state.tx.us/public/Purchase.

Also, a Code Sheet used by the officers when filling out a report is found at ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/trf/crash_notifications/cr3_code_sheet.pdf.

While not associated with this agency, quite a number of Texas city and town police departments are hooked up with a vendor who provides online ordering. See www.buycrash.com.

Changes to Online Access To Oklahoma Court Records
For years there have been two primary online access systems covering all but one of the OK counties; OSCN (Oklahoma State Courts Network) with 13 counties and ODCR (On Demand Court Records, from KellPro) with 63 counties. Cimarron County is not online. Then Noble County became part of a Pilot Program for a new Unified case management System and was segregated on its own.

Recently, the ODCR system implemented a combined search which now includes their 63 counties plus the 13 OSCN counties. In addition Noble County will also be included as of July 1, 2014. So record searching for 76 of the 77 counties will be available at one site. See the details and full explanation below:

About the ODCR Search
As mentioned, as of July 1, 2014, ODCR will provids online access for all county trial courts except Cimarron. The 13 counties (see next section) previously accessible only from OSCN are now accessible, plus Noble County will also be available on July 1st. Note the ODCR site has a disclaimer stating that data for the ODCR counties was aggregated from ODCR and may not be complete or reliable.

One of the benefits of using ODCR is a choice of three different levels of service. Below is the description of these three levels:
  1. Free: This search shows docket information. Search by partial name or case number of filed date range. The web page also gives the throughput date for each county. Most counties update within 24 hours or less.
  2. Advanced Subscription: For $5.00 per month, enhanced searching procedures and results are porvided. Advanced search options include using the DOB, address, offense, and closed date range among others. There is also a case and party monitoring system.
  3. Image Access Subscription for Attorneys: For $50.00 per month, attorneys have unlimited access to court images with the ability to download and print full case filings.
Sign-up for either subscription at www1.odcr.com/register. Note that access to Nolan and Shelby Texas courts are also provided on this system.

The Counties on the OSCN
Web access to dockets is available for District Courts for Adair, Canadian, Cleveland, Comanche, Ellis, Garfield, Logan, Oklahoma, Payne, Pushmataha, Roger Mills, Rogers, and Tulsa at www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/start.asp?viewType=DOCKETS. Currently, Noble County is searchable as a separate link on this page. Also one may search the Oklahoma Supreme Court data data from this website.

Registration of Georgia Motor Carriers
Effective July 1, 2014, the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) (for interstate motor carriers) and the Georgia Intrastate Motor Carrier (GIMC) Registration (UCR-GA for intrastate carriers) Programs are moving from the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) to the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS).

DPS is currently in the process of creating a new trucking portal website for customers to register and pay fees for both of these programs. The agency plans to have the new web page operation by July 1, 2014 and at that time all registrations and renewals will be handled through the DPS Portal.

Visit www.dps.georgia.gov and www.gamccd.net for updates regarding UCR and GIMC.

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