Civil courts handle disputes between people, businesses, government institutions, or other parties. There is usually no criminal penalty like jail if someone is found liable in a civil suit. Examples of civil cases include the ones below:
- Breach of contract
- Personal injury
- Property damage
County civil records
Because civil courts differ from criminal courts, civil cases can result in financial penalties but rarely jail time. A victim can file a civil case against a criminal defendant for financial and personal injury resulting from the defendant’s criminal conduct. In this case, the civil and criminal cases, and records associated with those cases, remain separate.
Civil records show whether a candidate is a plaintiff or a defendant in a lawsuit. Checkr uses the candidate's name to search county civil court records from the counties below:
- County of residence
- Prior counties of residence
- Work county
The county civil search covers at least the past seven years.
County civil search is available as an add-on. The county civil search is unavailable as a standalone search.
The candidate provides the relevant personally identifying information (PII) below:
- Birth date
- Email address
- Full name
- Phone number
- Social Security number (SSN)
The candidate then reads and acknowledges receipt of applicable forms and authorizations:
- A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
- Disclosure Regarding Background Investigation
- Other state and required disclosures as applicable
- Authorization for a background check
After the candidate signs the authorization form, Checkr starts the search.
If you applied for a job and want to know your background check’s status, log in to the Checkr Candidate Portal.