Online court records are not the same as background checks

(Disclaimer)

Why online court records should not be used as the only tool to check an individual's background: Online court records are not the official records of the court and are provided for informational purposes only -- and may be subject to error or omission. Users of these court systems therefore have the responsibility to verify the accuracy, currency and completeness of the information retrieved from those systems. Moreover, in most states, the information is limited to a single county; searching for John Doe in County Y may find no information, despite Doe's lengthy criminal history in neighboring County Z. Name searches can be unreliable. The identification of a person cannot be determined solely based on name and the absence of responsive records is not a guarantee that no record exists elsewhere. For specific information related to a particular case, you must visit or contact the court in which the action was filed.

Please note that in some states the use of information obtained from an online court record to deny a person employment, deny a rental agreement, or take any other adverse action against a person is prohibited by law.

Users of the system have the responsibility to verify the accuracy, currency and completeness of the information.

Criminal

Courts do not conduct criminal background checks. Criminal background checks are not generally available to the general public. Criminal background checks are not the same as searching an online court record and should not be treated or understood to be a substitute. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Division of Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS), is the central repository for criminal history information for the state of Florida. In order to obtain a criminal history record check, go to http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Criminal-History-Records/Florida-Checks.aspx

Civil

Online civil court records are not the official records of the court and may not reflect the official court file available at the court itself. There are a variety of reasons for this:
  • some records are sealed
  • others are in paper-accessible files only
  • others are so old they are only available in the court's archive, not online
As with attempts to use criminal court records, the use of civil court records against a person may be prohibited by law. The information displayed on this Web Site is generated from computerized public records in the custody and control of the Brevard County Clerk of Courts or the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and is intended for informational purposes only. For access to public records maintained by other Florida agencies, courts, and Federal Courts, the following links have been provided for your convenience.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office provides this information as a public service and makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, regarding its accuracy, reliability, currency, completeness, or suitability for any particular purpose. Additionally, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office assumes no liability for the improper or illegal use of information obtained from its computerized systems.

In order to proceed, you must accept this disclamer from the Brevard County Sheriff's Office