This article will help you:
- Understand what County Civil Records Checks are and why they’re an important part of a background report
- Decide whether to add County Civil Records Checks to a package
- Understand your candidate's experience
Civil courts settle disputes between two or more entities. “Entities” may be any combination of private citizens, businesses, government institutions, or other parties. Civil cases involve issues like breach of contract, personal injury, property damage, foreclosures, or fraud.
Because civil courts are not criminal courts, and do not handle the prosecution of a person accused of breaking a criminal law, civil cases can result in financial penalties but not jail time. Civil cases may be filed after a criminal conviction if a victim suffered injuries due to the criminal conduct, but civil and criminal records remain separate.
Civil records may be useful in determining if a candidate is named in any lawsuits, either as a plaintiff or as a defendant.
County civil court files are searched by name, and in the counties of current residence, prior residence, and work. The County Civil Records Check will cover a history of at least seven years from the date of request.
The County Civil Records Check must be run in conjunction with the basic report package. The County Civil Records Check cannot be run as a standalone Screening.
Candidates will be asked to provide Personally Identifiable Information (PII), including their full name, date of birth, social security number, email address, and phone number.
They will then be presented and asked to acknowledge receipt of applicable forms and notifications, including Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and an Acknowledgement and Authorization for Background Check.
After the candidate consents, Checkr will initiate the Check.
If you've applied for a job and are looking for more information on your background check’s status or progress, please log into the Checkr Candidate Portal.