While the types of records that are considered public can vary due to state laws, they usually include:
Government contracts with businesses
Driver’s license information
Birth, marriage, and death records
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings
Property ownership/tax information
These records often contain a great deal of personal information. However, once a record is public, there are few rules about what individuals or organizations can do with this data.
These government offices house many of your public records, including:
Deeds and mortgages
Civil circuit files
Call before you go, both to check when they are open and to be sure you bring the correct types of ID. You should also check to see if there are any forms you need to fill out on their website in advance.
Ask the person at the county clerk the following questions:
What information can be removed
What can be redacted (at a minimum, you’ll usually be able to have your telephone number and a portion of your Social Security Number redacted)
What can be changed (for example, initials instead of full names)
Which documents can contain your P.O. Box instead of your street address
Next, ask to see the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) database. The UCC database at the county clerk’s office lists information on property ownership and liens and may contain your Social Security Number. The clerk may not automatically show you this database when you ask to see your records, but the information is still accessible to the public.
There are essentially two possible methods for getting content removed from the Google search results. One is to talk directly to Google and have the results removed. The other is to talk to whatever site hosts the content and get it removed at the source. So let’s go over each of those.
If you want to have a listing removed from Google’s search results, your only option is to file a content removal request with Google officially. The form to do so can be found here, but don’t go rushing off to fill it out.
Google will only remove content from their listings under specific circumstances. They will remove listings that serve malware or are phishing sites, or otherwise scamming users, which legal results are not. They will remove content that has been removed from the source, but is still listed in the search results, which is not applicable in this case. They will remove personal information that has been listed without consent, but participating in a legal case is public knowledge. There are a couple of other possible reasons Google will remove content as well, but none of them are applicable here.
There’s one other option, which is Google’s Legal Removal Request system. Google will remove content from their web search results and other related Google services, if and only if the content is found to be violating the law as published and you have a valid court order to have it removed from the search engines. This system redirects to the previous one, which you click the bottom option for a legal request not covered, and follow the process to submit a court order.
There is only one way to have legal records removed, and that is to file for expungement of the case record. Essentially, you talk to the court and have your legal records sealed, or erased in the eyes of the law. An expungement will only apply to certain kinds of arrests and convictions, and doesn’t mean your record is cleared; it just means for most purposes the arrest is no longer relevant.
Expunged records are not completely gone, just removed from most cases where they would be listed. This does not necessarily mean they will be removed from legal aggregators! It’s also a very fickle process that depends a lot on the jurisdiction of the conviction, the time since the case, and other factors.
In most cases, you probably aren’t going to qualify for expungement of your case records. In the cases where you do, you might not be able to scrub the internet of mention of the previous case. It’s a crapshoot whether or not you’ll be able to see any success whatsoever with this process. I highly recommend talking directly to a lawyer if you want to attempt to pursue this options.
Because the Terms and Conditions of each court case research website are different, how one can go about having court cases removed from these websites and deleted off search engine results depends on which legal record websites the court .case has been picked up by and published on.
If you are looking to delete public court records from the internet, the information provided here will get you started off on the right foot. Below are general tips to remove public court records and other content from legal research and public record websites.
Following these general public court record removal instructions, you'll find links to help you with particular public record sites that are notoriously problematic for individuals and businesses concerned with keeping a clean brand image online.
Atlas Public Records
Atlas Public Records is a notoriously difficult website to deal with. It's been around for years and has published hundreds of thousands of public records taken from Court Cases around the U.S. Because the court records published by Atlas Public Records are in the public domain the website is not legally obligated to remove most mugshots upon request. One of the best options available to remove your information from AtlasPublicRecords com is to reach out to a third-party content removal service provider that has a relationship with the website that allows for removal. Complete the form above or click here to remove your name from Atlas Public Records.
PacerMonitor.com is a Federal Court Research resource that allows professionals to conduct advanced case searches, monitor federal court proceedings and subscribe to court case update emails. If you want to remove a case from PacerMonitor fill out the form above to talk to a company that specializes in removing unwanted public records from sites like PacerMonitor.com. Find out how you can get professional help removing content from PacerMonitor here.
FindACase.com is a court record research website proceedings intended to aid non-lawyers with legal research. Click here to find solutions to have court cases on FindACase.com removed from web searches.
FindLaw is a huge legal website and attorney directory with over 15,000,000 results on the Google Search index. The website is home to hundreds of thousands of civil and criminal court case records. If your information appears on FindLaw.com and you want to have it removed just fill out the form above to get started.
JuralIndex is public records search website that allows users to perform advanced case research on people and companies by searching nationwide legal judgements, tax liens, lawsuit records, eviction records, divorce records, family records and other public case records.
Leagle Inc. is a leading provider of United States court opinions. It serves as a resource used by legal professionals to research court cases. With over 4 million web pages being indexed on Google Search, Leagle.com is one of the largest court case databases on the web.
Law360 is a legal news and court case research site that publishes dockets, judgments, alerts, and commentary on court cases and legal events around the world. You can learn how to handle mentions of your name, public court records and private information on Law360.com here.
PlainSite.org is home to over 2.5 million web pages on legal research, court cases, dockets, and opinions. The website's aim is to give individuals the tools needed to research court cases and see they're impacted by state and federal laws.
FindingFraud.org exposes fraudulent SEC Registered Investment Advisors and reports on other activities in investment advising.
Open-Public-Records is a public record search site that publishes criminal records, court records, birth records, information on elected officials, and public health records. Learn more here.
Justia is a publisher of case law and litigation records intended to be used by lawyers. While these reports may come in handy for practicing attorneys, they can ruin the reputations of those involved in the court cases Justia publishes online. You can get help removing a case from Justia here.
Docket Alarm is another popular court case research tool available to the public and legal professionals. To get a court case with your business or personal information removed from DocketAlarm.com make complete the Docket Alarm Removal Request form here.
Launched in 2014 by a patent litigator and software developer, DocketBird.com is a legal research website used by some of the nation's largest business law firms.
Publishing state and federal court cases from across the United States, CourtRecords.org has quickly become a problematic website for the tens of thousands of people whose personal information has been exposed by the site. Find out if you can get your name and personal information removed from CourtRecords.org here.
As a leading divorce records database and search tool, DivorceRecords.org has published tens of thousands of public legal records from U.S. divorce proceeding. To get help getting your personal information off DivorceRecords org, complete the submission form above.
PublicRecords360 is a subscription based public records search website that provides its subscribers with access to a wealth of publicly available government records.
CourtListener.com is a free, non-profit run, legal search website that provides unlimited access to a handful of free legal research tools. CourtListener.com's legal record database is home to hundreds of thousands of court case opinions and legal documents.
Bankrupt.com is home to thousands of bankruptcy records from across the United States and is a leading source for Bankruptcy news.
Bankrupt Report is one of the web's leading sources on personal and business bankruptcy filings in the United States. If you need help removing your name from a report on BankruptReport.com fill out the form above to talk to a public legal records removal specialist.
Chapter11Cases.com reports on the latest Chapter 11 bankruptcy court cases in the United States. The website is home to hundreds of thousands of Chapter 11 bankruptcy records.
UniCourt aims to make federal and State court records more accessible to the general public. However, in doing so the legal research website damages the online reputations of many innocent individuals in the United States. Complete the submission form above to learn how you can have UniCourt court case records removed from Google Search. Learn more here.