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Santa Clara, CA Supreme Court Restricts Public Access

Effective immediately through January 31, 202, the Santa Clara California Superior Court has temporarily closed its public counters and limited entry to the public due to staffing levels and illness.

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Courts Impacted by COVID-19, Provided by PBSA

The Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) team is tracking the impact of COVID-1 on the courts. On their website they provide a list of courts currently known to be impacted.

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Musselshell County Justice Court, MT Fee Increase

Effective January 2, 2020 Criminal Background/Employment checks through the Justice Court increased to $25 per name/DOB. The court previously charged requestors only $2 per year/per name.

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Wolf Point Justice Court (Roosevelt County, MT) Now Charging for Record Searches

Criminal record searches in the Wolf Point Justice Court (Roosevelt County, MT), that were previously free, will now cost $5.00 per name. This fee includes a 10 year search. For extended year searches, the court charges $1.00 per additional year requested. Please note that the clerk's assistance is needed to obtain a record search in this court. There is not a public computer nor are there any other materials available to the public for searching.

Fee Increase for Criminal Record Searches in New York

New York has approved an increase in the cost of criminal record searches conducted by the Office of Court Administration's CHRS (Criminal History Record Search) Unit. Effective April 13, 2019 the fee increased from $65 to $95 per name and date of birth.

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CHRS homepage

Bentonville District Court (Benton County, AR) Record Search Procedures

The Court Clerk at the Bentonville District court has determined that the court will no longer perform record searches for the public without a written affidavit. The court's public index is available online at Please note that the online docket site only dates back to May 2013.

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Problems for Name Searches at Chambers County (TX) Courts

The courts in Chambers County Texas have converting both their online system and in-house public access terminals to a new system - Odyssey (Tyler Technologies). The issue is currently the system does not allow a name search; at present one can only do a search by case number. Also, with the move to Odyssey, Chambers is now no longer on the system. The court personnel are doing their best to accommodate researchers, but they have a huge, huge backlog. So I suspect there will be delays for a while.

Arizona Superior and Justice Courts

Effective August 9, 2017, numerous Superior and Justice Court fees increased in Arizona. The Clerk's record search fee at the Superior Court increased from $27.00 to $28.00. The same increase also takes place for a record certification - from $27.00 to $28.00. Similar fee increases also occurred at the Justice Court level with the search and certification fees both increasing from $25.00 to $26.00.