Monday, March 19, 2007

One stop searching for Ohio legal records .. finally!

I had a rude awakening after moving to Ohio and naively asking a colleague "Doesn't Ohio have one site where you can search across counties for court cases?" Many of Ohio's counties don't offer online access to their court records and those that do often have what I would term clunky sites that are unbearably slow to boot.

Yes, I had been spoiled rotten by Wisconsin and CCAP.

Today via BRB's Public Records Blog comes news that Ohio is planning a database that will incorporate court records from all of the state's 88 counties. $10.5 billion has been set aside in Ohio's proposed budget for the development of the system and immediate goals are for a contractor to be hired within three months and "to have a pilot program of 15 to 20 courts and several state agencies available by the end of 2007 and the network in place within 2 years."


Anonymous Emily said...

Yay! :) Librarians, rejoice! (And other professions too, I'm sure.)

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Julie said...

I'm jealous! Try 254 counties. Through databases, we only have access to cases in about 20 or so.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Wow, that's unbelievable. Is there any talk of more counties putting their records online or of a unified online court database?

10:58 PM  
Anonymous Kristine said...

that is great news. thanks for the post Amy.

10:54 AM  

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