Court Records- As Public As Can Be

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For a fair share of court records, the information is highly public; one can search them out on the relevant websites. Furthermore, making them public is not illegal, proved by the fact that at least one of those websites is governed by a United Nations authority. While critics debate in a subtle manner on the issue of their exposure and publicity, more and more court records continue to be uploaded daily for the public to see.
Court records do not abound every court proceeding; the trial which is recorded in documentation is said to be held in a court of record. During the process of recording the trial proceedings, the court makes sure that the lawyers of the clients are present. On the other hand, if the trial is not recorded, the applicants of the trial can meet the judge in personal without their lawyers as well. Court records are therefore an important proof of the authority and importance of the lawyers.
By definition, court records are actually included in public records. What is the reason behind making these records public? The people who are actually involved in the case will not like others brooding over their case proceedings and making snide remarks, will they? Well, such records are public because crime is public; people should know the punishments for the crimes committed. There is, after all, no way to hide a court trial from every pair of prying eyes. A man walks into a court, and he becomes the talk of the town.
Secondly, keeping these proceedings in a recorded written form makes a useful addition to the history of public affairs for a particular government. Because courts and the law handle the most sensitive and hideous aspect of the human life, the issue is not to be taken lightly. Most people after serving their sentence, especially if they are real criminals, will commit the same crime, or another of a similar stature, or perhaps any other crime as well. Keeping a record helps the court to decide the eligibility of the person; to know whether he is lying or not, and the kind of punishment he deserves. Furthermore, it is quite a weapon for the other side’s lawyers.
Thirdly, as all important court proceedings eventually make to the headlines, there is hardly any need of locking the information in a safe. People will find out, the agencies already know about them, and all employment agencies need to know about them as well.


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