Records exist because people want to know. They provide information to their readers regarding certain events that had happened sometime before, events that the readers may or may not have had the chance to witness firsthand. Lafayette County Public Records are those type of records that are so important that they are considered to be available to the public at all times and of the records that exists under this umbrella classification, perhaps, the most often searched for would be the type known as court records.
This is because court records contain not only the names of the parties, the type of case that it represents, and the claims that the plaintiff or the complainant may have against the defendant. Over the course of its existence, however, these records would be appended with other pertinent information that would be of much use to not only the practitioners of law, both in the trial and appellate process, but also to the general public for other uses such as for background information of a specific person.
The relative importance of court records is one of the reasons that made them part of the public records, always available to the public. The other reasons that they are part of this classification is practicality and as a means of ensuring transparency in the judicial process. As they are part of the public records, the official custodian of court records, which the law identifies as the clerk of court, could not restrict access to the archives where these records are being kept, though because of their mandate to secure the records, they are empowered to prescribe procedures that one must follow before they could access the same.
To obtain court records from the clerk of court, there are a number of procedures that could be followed, but for those who have neither the time nor the inclination to actually fall in line at the office of the clerk of court, the office operates and maintains an online database available for anyone no matter where in the world they are. Note, however, that while this system is free to use and almost instant with their results, the database is incomplete because of the relative size of the archives that must be transcribed and that the records within the archives that are actually available could not be certified should they be printed.
The database would first ask the searcher for the information regarding the particular case that they are searching for. Note that not all the blanks are required to be filled, but the more blanks filled, the more accurate the search would be. Once the search has returned its results, the searcher has to locate the particular case that he or she wants to view. There is a box before the title of the record that must first be checked by the user before he or she could proceed with the ‘view selection’ command at the bottom of the page.
Although faster and more efficient, the database operated by the office of the clerk of court is not the most efficient search engine that a searcher could use. The World Wide Web plays hosts to a number of online databases that are more complete than the one operated by the clerk of court. As with the database of the clerk of court, these databases are free to use and near instant with their results, but with the added advantage of being networked to other databases that provide other types of information that the searcher may find to be of some use.
Lafayette County Court Records Public Access
To use the database of the Office of the Clerk of Court, follow the following procedure
- Visit the search database of the Office of the Clerk of Court
- Fill in the blanks with information requested. Note that not all the blanks are required to be filled.
- Once filled, click search at the bottom of the page.
- At the results page, locate the particular case that you wish to view.
- Before the title of the specific case, check the box
- Click ‘View Selection’ at the bottom of the page.
- The results should now be available at your screen.
Florida Public Records
Comprehensive Public Court Records of Florida Counties