Manatee County Public Records

Information contained within records serve a number of purposes. This is one of the reasons why they are important and why the documents that are classified under the umbrella of a collection of documents known as the Manatee County Public Records are so important. These documents are used for a number of purposes that range from simple resources in background checks to a source of substantive evidence during court hearings and appellate proceedings.

This is because these documents contain not only the names of the parties involved in the proceedings that gave birth to the document in the first place. Contained within these documents is also the nature of the action as well as the reasons behind why the action was commenced upon in the first place. More often than not, these documents would also contain the reasons behind why the actions are commenced upon. The information contained within these documents are of great import to a number of people, not only those who are engaged in the practice of law or those who are asked to prepare background summary of other people for other people.

The contents of the archives of public records are also accessible to the public because the law commands for it to be so. Under Florida law, the clerk of courts, who is named by the law as the official custodian of public documents and records, is to keep, maintain, and secure the public records, but they are also tasked with the burden of making sure that these documents are available to the public. It is for this reason that the clerk could not validly refuse anyone access to the records.

Manatee County Clerk of Courts does not require a written letter requesting access to the records, but they do have provisions for the same. It is easier, however, if the searcher would just head over the office of the clerk and make the personal request there because the archives should be made accessible to the person requesting the same at the same day. It is also easier to let the clerk do the searching, despite the fact that the searcher could access the archives and do the actual search. Letting the clerk do the search, however, does entail additional minimal charges. Taking all of these into consideration, it is suggested that the searcher should just let the clerk do the search since this is presumed to be faster and more efficient given that the clerks are presumed to be able to locate the records faster since they are the ones who are working in the office and who know the filing system.

Either way, once the records are located, the searcher would have to request for a copy to be made. This is because the records that are being kept within the archives are the original ones. These could not be removed because they might be needed in the future. A copy of a document from the archives would cost one dollar per page, plus an additional two dollars per document for the certification fee.

A faster method would be to conduct an online search. The office of the clerk does have their own online database, but as of the moment, this is still incomplete. Instead, it is suggested that the searcher could depend on other online resources in the form of online databases. These databases are easy to locate and use. In addition, they typically provide more information because of the nature of interconnectivity in the net. This is all in addition to the fact that most of them are free to use and are near instantaneous in their results.

Manatee County Court Records Public Access

The procedure to obtain information from the Clerk of Courts online database is provided below

  • Visit the Search Page of the clerk of courts database.
  • Input the required information. Note that not all blanks are required to be filled.
  • You would be taken to a results page where you would have to locate the file that you wish to see.
  • Once you had located the file, click on the title of the same.
  • A new window should open showing you the file as it is.

Public Records Manatee County

For other questions and procedures, refer to the following links

Florida Public Records

Comprehensive Public Court Records of Florida Counties