Ohio county court records go online
- By Daniel Keegan
- Aug 14, 2000
Butler County, Ohio, launched an Internet site last month that enables people
to search court records.
As part of an upgrade to the clerk of courts' computer system, the World
Wide Web site (www.butlercountyclerk.org) provides access to criminal felony
cases, civil (more than $15,000), domestic relations, 12th District Court
of Appeals, state tax liens, and judgment lien dockets.
People can search by name, keyword, case number, date or several other ways.
It also includes a feature that posts printed images of judgments so residents
can see the official document with signatures.
"Each of the issues handled in court is important to someone's life," said
Cindy Carpenter, clerk of courts. "As far as those citizens go, they can
now search the records that impact their lives."
Carpenter said the site also makes it easier for outside law enforcement
agencies to access the county's records if, for example, they were conducting
a background check.
Butler County is the eighth largest county in Ohio, with a population of
350,000, and is located between Cincinnati and Dayton.
The online database is almost identical to the one available on the department's
intranet, as it is all public information. However, Carpenter said, the
Internet database does not include social security numbers because of privacy
Carpenter's future plans for the court systems include electronic legal
filings, electronic motor vehicle titling, and studying the possibility
of wireless access to the court's records.