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
- tax liens
- breach of contract,
- and more
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
- Defendant name
- Cause of action
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.
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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