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Credible threats of violence stemming from the protests and riots taking place in downtown Seattle and elsewhere due to the death of George Floyd resulted in the emergency closure of several courthouses and court facilities in King County yesterday. From The Seattle Times: “King County Superior Court Presiding Judge...

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As of May 21st, King County Executive Dow Constantine has extended mandatory telecommuting for all Executive-level employees through Labor Day, September 7th, except when a physical presence is inherently unavoidable, such as in the cases of First Responders and Mission-critical employees. Otherwise, all other Executive Branch employees are bound...

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A recent webinar on resuming court operations post-lockdown and amid the Coronavirus pandemic attracted 3,200 officials from state, federal, and international courts, all seeking guidance on how to move forward in a changed world. From the National Center for State Courts (NCSC): “At this point, there are more questions...

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A growing number of State Supreme Courts are resorting to conducting meetings via videoconferencing and teleconferencing systems in order to continue the business of the courts while still complying with stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines. From the National Center for State Courts (NCSC): “In fact, 20 state supreme courts and other courts...

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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the need to employ social distancing, and as a result of several states mandating lockdown orders of one form or another, many jurisdictions in the United States are turning to conducting court hearings via remote access and videoconferencing to keep the wheels of the...

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The following notice has been posted by the Snohomish County Superior Court Clerk’s Office: “ATTENTION!    EFFECTIVE MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020 SUPERIOR COURT CLERK’S OFFICE PUBLIC COUNTERS ARE CLOSED On March 23, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee signed a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order.” The Snohomish County Executive signed a similar...

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20
Mar

The King County, WA Superior Court Clerk’s Office has issued the following notice as of 03/19/2020: “The Clerk’s Office closed their on-site services except for protection order filings, in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. … For Public Viewer Access For those customers that need to come...

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The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has published an operational guidebook for courts – Preparing for a Pandemic: An Emergency Response Benchbook and Operational Guidebook for State Court Judges and Administrators – which advises both of the legal and procedural implications of operating during a widespread health emergency....

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A new report by the Norwegian Consumer Council found that 10 different personal and lifestyle apps – including OKCupid, Grindr, and Tinder – take the personal and sometimes intimate details of their users information and sell it in bulk to at least 135 identified, third-party companies. From NPR: “The...

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Similar to the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), the Washington State legislature is considering Senate Bill 6281 which, like the CCPA, would require companies whose business is strongly tied to the collection or sale of consumer data to both reveal the extent of the data they possess to any...

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2
Jan

Recently, the Washington State Supreme Court was asked to decide whether the phrase “when required” in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 46.61.305 compels drivers to use their signal every time they turn or change lanes on a public roadway. The term ‘when required’ is defined by RCW 46.61.305(1)...

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California’s Consumer Privacy Act, known as CCPA, will become the toughest data privacy law in the U.S., beginning January 1, 2020.  The new law is expected to become the de facto state-standard for personal data privacy, since there is no sign of similar federal legislation in the foreseeable future....

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The King County Superior Court Clerk has issued a notice regarding a temporary entrance closure due to security concerns around the court house: “KING COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT CLERK’S OFFICE CONTACT:       paul.sherfey@kingcounty.gov   ISSUED BY:     Barbara Miner, Director and Superior Court Clerk ISSUE DATE:   December...

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1
Nov

The 6th Floor of the King County Courthouse will be closed on Friday, November 11th 2019 due to building maintenance. The 6th Floor is where  certain document access to records on Microfilm are made available, and the closure affects that access. From the King County Clerk’s Office: “KING COUNTY...

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A ballot initiative has been submitted in California with the goal of reclassifying certain crimes under a new category, which is being dubbed a “Homeless Court”. From The Sacramento Bee: “ Gatto’s office says the initiative would “radically” change the state’s approach to homelessness. It would classify...

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Does a simple curtain constitute a violation of the freedom of the press? Prison policies in the state of Virginia regarding the concealment of the more gruesome steps and ultimate outcomes of death penalty executions are violations of the First Amendment; so argue four media organizations in a recent...

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In order to better inform our customers of the progress and status of their name and case number searches using CourtTrax, we have added some simple color-coded signifiers to indicate what is happening with a search. The Search – Status column on the Saved Searches panel now indicates by...

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The new Search field allows CourtTrax users to query existing Titles on Saved Searches. The Search field is displayed at the bottom of Saved Searches located in Saved Searches>My Searches. Filtered Search CourtTrax users are now able to use different characters to filter an existing Title on Saved Searches....

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Police in Oregon have come under fire for digitally removing a man’s facial tattoos from his mugshot to better conform to the descriptions of a wanted bank robber. Tyrone Allen Lamont has been charged as being the “Foul Mouth Bandit,” who has been involved in robbery and attempted robbery...

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We are excited to announce our next series of webinars that are designed to educate new users of CourtTrax Online on search basics, how-to’s, and best practices. The webinars will also include demos of CourtTrax’s new features and updates to our jurisdictional coverage. Thursday August 8th 1:00 PM PST:...

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29
Jul

CourtTrax Corporation is pleased to announce that we have expanded our services to now include electronic access to the District, County, Probate and Justice Courts in Galveston County, Texas! Coverage Serving a population of over 300,000 people, the Galveston Courts makes publicly available Civil, Criminal, Family, Probate and Tax...

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26
Jul

CourtTrax has upgraded its services to now make available to our users the new ‘Case Type Zero’ from King County, Washington. The transition to the new KCSCRIPT system in King County last year brought with it several changes to how the county files its cases, including the creation of...

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Reduce your search time for case records. Find out immediately when something changes. Keep your search results. CourtTrax does all of it for you. Want to optimize your case record searches in CourtTrax? Join Roger Peterson, CourtTrax’s Senior Account Manager, for a live webinar on Thursday, July 18th at...

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The right to one’s privacy on their persons and in their houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures is one of our most fundamental rights. But a question that has consistently challenged that right is: when does one’s discarded property cease being protected by privacy expectations? That...

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When it comes to getting the court information you need, nothing beats being on the exact same page – and at the exact same time – as the court itself. Many companies use in-house databases as their primary source for court records: static repositories of case information that are...

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A Federal Judge has struck down the cash bail system in San Francisco for suspects arrested but not yet arraigned in criminal cases. From CBS San Francisco: “U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said a bail schedule set by San Francisco Superior Court “bears no relation to the government’s...

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21
Feb
CourtTrax Is Moving Offices!
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by CourtTrax Webmaster

Into each life a little change must come, and it is no different for the team here at CourtTrax. Over the weekend of February 22nd we will be relocating just a bit up the hill from where we are now. On February 25th you will be able to find...

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The Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system is being accused of charging fees for documents in excess of what is allowed by law. Three non-profits – the Alliance for Justice, the National Veterans Legal Services Program, and the National Consumer Law Center – filed suit in 2016...

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The Washington State legislature passed Senate Bill 6037, a revision of The Uniform Parentage Act, in early 2018 and which will go into effect on January 1st, 2019. The revision of the law “necessitates changes to King County family law procedures and the creation of new case types. The...

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The 2018 National Federation of Paralegal Association Convention, held this year at the Seattle Airport Hilton, was both fun and productive! We enjoyed meeting and speaking with everyone who stopped by our booth to find out more about CourtTrax and our extensive experience in the aggregation of court data...

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1
Nov

Our users in California may find this interesting. The State of California has decided to delay the implementation of its own recently passed Net Neutrality legislation in order to allow a final decision to be reached in a federal lawsuit against the Trump Administration. Oral arguments are scheduled for...

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Our Alaskan users might find this interesting. The Alaska Superior Court has found that a Kenai Peninsula Borough’s policy on holding religious invocations at their assembly meetings violated the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. From KTUU 2: “The policy said invocations could only be delivered by chaplains serving...

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18
Oct

In a five-justice majority opinion, and the four other justices concurring, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the Death Penalty is unfairly imposed “in an arbitrary and racially biased manner.” Consequently, given what they cited as the flawed nature of State laws permitting death as a punishment...

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  With the rising ubiquity of part-time rental bike and scooter services, a different category of motor vehicles is occupying the streets and sidewalks, bringing to their operators all the same responsibilities of driving an automobile. Accordingly, Los Angeles has had its very first ‘Scooter DUI’ conviction. From Bloomberg:...

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The Idaho State Judiciary will be completing the transition of their county courts to the new Odyssey system on October 9th, 2018. Once this transition is complete, the new counties will be available immediately on CourtTrax for name and case number searches. The counties that will be available in...

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  CourtTrax is Coming to the NFPA Annual Convention! We are excited to be attending the 2018 National Federation of Paralegal Association’s Annual Convention and Policy Meeting at the Seattle Airport Hilton on October 25-26! We will be showcasing our products and services, as well as giving our visitors...

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20
Sep

In addition to our comprehensive suite of search tools, CourtTrax also provides its users with several other resources for those interested in the legal goings-on in the world. The most active of these appear under “News Feed”. When you are logged into your CourtTrax account and want to see...

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Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit against Richard Hosang, a former stock broker with known connections with the mafia, regarding a series of websites that falsely associate themselves with legitimate charitable organizations. From The Office of the Washington State Attorney General: “Hosang created six nonprofit...

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Lawyers and legislators in Oregon are arguing that the state’s sentencing guidelines regarding juveniles convicted of murder are in violation of the Constitution. From NPR: “Attorneys and lawmakers in Oregon say the state is violating the U.S. Constitution because of laws that require juveniles convicted of murder to be...

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11
Sep

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that, beginning in October 2019, will eliminate bail for suspects awaiting trial. Each county will be responsible for creating their own procedures to determine who will and will not be released ahead of trial. Supporters of the new law...

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A group of young activists filed a lawsuit to force Washington state to reduce greenhouse emissions has been dismissed. King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott sided with the state in the matter, writing that while climate change is a legitimate concern, it should be addressed through legislative action,...

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The Attorneys General of New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia have all asked a U.S. appeals court to reinstate Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality...

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The National Center for State Courts recently made available their “Judicial Salary Tracker”, which allows the public to find out the salaries of their Local and State justices: “The Survey of Judicial Salaries, published for over 40 years by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) with the support...

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The 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida’s Juvenile Court has created the GRACE Court (Growth Renewed through Acceptance, Change and Empowerment) to address the needs of young survivors of human-trafficking. From 2007 – 2017 there were 2,940 cases of human trafficking reported in Florida. Human-trafficking is described by the National...

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