Civil Records Searches

ESR performs federal civil record searches through the federal judiciary’s Public Access to Court Electronic Records electronic access system and state level civil case searches at the primary courthouse of the county in question.



ESR provides, where available, the date of filing, case type, case number or file record, jurisdiction, plaintiff and defendant information, and case outcomes. Civil records at county levels may provide insight into the applicant’s participation as a defendant within civil litigation proceedings or disputes.

Civil records are stored in courts at the county – in Lower and Upper Civil Levels – and federal levels. Lower and Upper Civil Levels typically differ in dollar amount and vary by jurisdiction. Civil court records are retrieved directly through the appropriate jurisdiction in an applicant’s county of residence.

A civil records search is recommended when hiring C-level executives who may have a history of civil litigation related to their profession and/or professional activities, and any job class, roles or positions that provides independent unsupervised access to cash, assets and/or books and records of the company with a potential embezzlement.


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