Finding Court Records in Nevada can be a difficult process. Here are the 4 easiest ways to find cases in the State.
1. Nevada County Court Records
You can begin searching for a case if you know the county the case was tried. For example, you can find Clark County Records on the website by name, case number, or ticket number. The website also gives query capabilities for several county courts, including Boulder, Bunkerville, Goodsprings, Henderson, Laughlin, Mesquite, Moapa, Moapa Valley, North Las Vegas and Searchlight.
If you don’t know the County you should run a nationwide search. Skip to #4.
2. Nevada Public Records
At times, you may want to look up public records. The age of someone, their marriage status, and even whether they own property or have had a lien filed are often part of public records, because birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce proceedings, and purchase of a home are recorded by the state.
To look up public records, you need to know where the event (such as a birth, wedding, divorce, or property purchase) took place. You can write the Clark County clerk for a marriage record, for example, and contact Clark County Family Court to ask about a divorce decree. In Clark County, you can also look up whether a foreclosure against property or lien has been filed by last and first names, and look for property ownership.
However, both civil and criminal misdemeanor records aren’t kept beyond 10 years in some locations. Civil court actions may only be available for cases that began on or after January 1, 2008.
3. Supreme Court Records
To look up Supreme Court Records in Nevada, you can search the Supreme Court of Nevada website by either the person’s last name (and first and middle names) or case number. Click on the document number to open a document.
4. Nationwide Court Records (Recommended)
Most people prefer to run a nationwide search. For example, if someone commits a crime in California then Nevada Courts Records will not contain this case.
The easiest way to run a nationwide search is to use a service like CheckThem.com. CheckThem allows you to perform a complete background search not just for Nevada, but for every state. They can search federal, state, and county records all in one place – which Nevada court and county records simply can’t do.
In short, CheckThem can provide you with security and peace of mind for yourself, your family, your neighborhood, and your business.
Why Run a Court Record Search
Nevada is one of the fastest-growing states in the U.S (1). In the five years between 2011 and 2016, the population rose 8.5%, and between 2000 and 2010, it grew more than 30%. In other words, you might meet people every day who don’t have deep roots in your community or any prior family or friends in the state.
✔️Search Neighbors, Colleagues, Dating Partners, or Spouses
You may have new neighbors, new employees, and even potential dating or marriage partners, but know very little about them other than what they say about themselves.
✔️ Trust, But Verify People
It’s very easy to accept what people say and find out about their personality as you get to know them. But unfortunately, it can also mean you, your loved ones, and your community overall may be less than safe. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and sometimes a background check of people you don’t know is needed to make sure you are protected from harm down the road.
Say you have new neighbors, for example. Are you and your children safe with these neighbors? It may be very advisable to know whether they have a criminal history, such as a history of sexual offenses, drug offenses, or a number of other potential crimes.
It may also be a good idea to know whether they have been involved in any civil court cases. If a neighbor has harmed someone else, by having dangerous animals or items like guns on their property, for example, a neighbor may have brought a civil suit for damages.
✔️ Screen Vendors
If they have had judgments or liens placed against them for nonpayment of bills or not meeting other financial obligations, it could be an indication that they had or have financial problems. It’s a sad fact: People with financial problems may be more likely to be tempted to commit financial crimes against you and your business, such as theft of petty cash or even a major crime such as embezzlement.
✔️ Screen Your Lover
It’s a very good idea to perform a background search on your significant other. Many people misrepresent themselves to potential partners. What if they have been married several times – or are they still married? What if they have taken someone else’s identity? What if they have a criminal history, or have not met their financial obligations in the past? Even if you have fun with someone and have a real connection, you need to know that they are trustworthy and that you will not be harmed by them going forward.
How Court Records Work in Nevada
Before you begin to look up court records and cases, it’s important to know how court records and cases work in general.
If someone is accused of committing a crime that is considered an offense against the state’s laws designed to protect the citizenry (such as laws against murder, robbery, and assault, among others), a charge is brought by the state. Those cases are tried in criminal court. If the defendant is found guilty, they can be sentenced to jail, fined, or given another punishment as provided by law.
Perpetrators suspected of a crime are arrested by the police and prosecuted by lawyers that work for the state. The person suspected of doing the crime is referred to as the defendant.
In civil court, on the other hand, one person (or entity, such as a company), called the plaintiff, brings a lawsuit against another person or entity (the defendant) claiming that the defendant failed in a legal duty to the plaintiff. If a person has signed a contract with a landlord to pay rent for a year and then vacated the premises after a few months and isn’t paying rent any longer, for example, the landlord can bring a civil court case alleging that the tenant failed in their duty to respect the contract and pay rent. They can demand the rent as part of damages in a civil suit.
Some cases are both criminal and civil. Someone can be charged with attempted assault in criminal courts, for example, and also sued for monetary damages by the victim of that crime (for doctor’s bills and other things) in civil court.
For a case to be brought in a civil record, the party plaintiff must bring a legal case against the defendant; the state does not get involved automatically, the way it does in a criminal case.
To look up all court cases, you need to know where the case took place. Cases are prosecuted by jurisdiction. In other words, you can look to see if a person has court case records in Las Vegas, for example, but that would not tell you whether the person might have been arrested in California.
That’s why we suggest a service like CheckThem.com which searches nationwide records.