The reason that court records are included amongst the collection of documents that are collectively known as the Escambia County Public Records is not only because of a law, but also because court records are important documents. These records contain not only the barest specifics about a case, such as the names of the parties and the type of the case, but also the minutes of the hearing, the evidences presented by both parties and, more often than not, the reason that the case was decided the way that it was decided, if the same had already been decided.
The contents of these documents is precisely what made them important because these contents are used not only by the court itself, but also by other courts, such as in the appellate process, lawyers who seek precedents that they could use in their own cases and by law students who are in the process of learning the law. These documents are also of tremendous importance to those that are not in the legal field, such as business owners and even neighbors because more often than not, court records have more information that could be used than what is evident on its face.
These records are so important that their availability to the public at large had been assured by no less than a statute. Under Florida law, court records are to be included amongst the collection of documents known as public records and they are to be available to the public at large at any time and for any reason whatsoever. The official custodian of the court records, and under the law, this is the clerk of court, could not withhold the records from any person for whatever reason.
The clerk of court of Escambia County, therefore, is the only person who can provide certified records of court records, and to obtain a certified copy of such court record, a searcher should first submit a personal request to the clerk of court. Due to the fact that the records are supposed to be open to everyone, the person who desire to look into the records may actually look into the records, but if there is a specific record that is desired, it is advised that they just give the specifics of that record so that the clerk could locate the same. This process is usually faster and more efficient.
Once the records had been located, the person who requested for them could not actually take the same with him. This is because these are the original records, and the original records are supposed to be protected by the clerk. A copy of the same could be made upon request and upon payment of the requisite copying fee which is usually one dollar per page. Once the record had been copied, have the same certified at two dollars per document.
If a certified copy is not required, then a more efficient method of searching could be conducted by the searcher using online resources. These online resources come in the form of specialized online search databases that are practically everywhere in the World Wide Web. These databases often provide more information in addition to the fact that they are mostly free to use and easy to understand. In addition, because of the fact that they are conducted over the net, these databases are often instantaneous with their results and would not require the searcher to leave the comforts of their own homes, indeed, even their own rooms.
Escambia County Court Records Public Access
To use the online search database operated and maintained by the office of the clerk of court of Escambia County, simply follow the following procedures
- Head over to the Search Page of the database.
- Input the information requested on the blank pages, then click search.
- The results page should return with the results of the search.
- Locate the record that you wish to see.
- Click the box before the title of the case, then at the bottom of the page, click ‘View Record’.
- The next page should show you the specifics of the case.
Florida Public Records
Comprehensive Public Court Records of Florida Counties