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Civil Records Check

A Civil Records check identifies non-criminal lawsuits filed by individuals or companies at the county level in either upper or lower courts. These records can reveal:

  • personal injury
  • lawsuits
  • tax liens
  • breach of contract,
  • fraud
  • and more
Pre-Employment Civil Records Check

There are three levels of searches:

Federal Civil Court

Federal Civil Records Checks include records that involve alleged violations of federal laws or constitutional rights. These civil cases are brought by individuals, businesses or governmental entities; they may seek monetary damages, request injunctions to stop allegedly illegal behavior or monetarily pursue other remedies provided by law.

Upper-Level Civil Court

Upper-level Civil Records Checks are generally of higher value, cases such as divorce and other more substantial monetary settlements.

Lower-Level Civil Court

Lower-level Civil Records Checks identify cases with a value less than $5000. Some examples are eviction, small claims, and minor disputes.

What is included in a Civil Records Search?

  • Name of the court
  • File number
  • File date
  • Plaintiff
  • Defendant name
  • Cause of action
  • Judgment

When should I do a Civil Records Search?

Civil records Checks are recommended pre-employment for employees that have a management position or access to money, merchandise, or assets. It is also a good source of information for cases involving sexual harassment or discrimination, as well as property damage. You want to ensure that these employees have a clean history before you give them access to any sensitive information or valuable assets.

FCRA Compliance

Civil Records Checks must be FCRA compliant, this means a few things for you. You should first inform them of your intention to run a background check, you should notify them that this can affect your hiring decision, get their consent, and then give them a chance to view and correct errors. Failure to stay compliant with the laws can result in penalties.

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