March 5, 2014:
San Luis Obispo (CA) Superior Court
Delays continue for the bulk of criminal record search requests. The court will process one request at a time for people standing in line. However, if there more than one name, the request is considered to be a "list." In this event the court requires certain procedures including use of a specific form. As of today, all orders placed back to January 27, 2014 are unprocessed and no indication is given when the requests will be filled.
Court personnel made an interesting comment in this past week . Court personnel actually told a client (an employer in this county) of one of the researchers that the delay was the researchers' fault for the number of local employers who need to hire people and are requesting background checks. The court person said if these researchers would stand in line like everyone else they would get immediate counter service. So researchers are caught between a rock and a hard place as the saying goes. If the court discovers that a the person in line has more than one name they must submit a list.
Note that the Court has a public access terminal which displays the basic criminal
record index. If employers and their representatives were allowed access to the terminal, 90+ percent of all requests would be cleared in minutes and there would be no back log. However several years ago, the Court Executive Officer
Susan Matherly moved the terminal to a back room and she will only allow
the news media and attorneys access to this "public" terminal. All
others are denied access to the terminal and must submit
lists. Or, of course, stand in line one name at a time. The local news media refuses to become involved. Hhmmmmm....wonder why?
Feb 25, 2014:
Pima County (AZ) Consolidated Justice Court
We are happy to there is now access to all case information. report the court has began to process the nearly one-month of back orders of criminal record requests.
However, that are still some issues. While the court has made all cases available, they have not
yet finished transferring all case data, meaning that there may be some cases
that do not have complete information available. There could be charges
missing, dispositions, sentencing, etc. Until this is resolved, if someone wants
information on a case they will have to pay a $3.00 court fee plus $0.50 per page
for docket copies. This will only be the case if the information is missing
from the terminal.
(Thanks for this update to Evan Kesselman and the good folks at PDQ Legal.)