Re: Courthouse info NOT available - Posted by Jim FL
Posted by Jim FL on May 25, 2005 at 15:01:09:
I know exactly what you mean.
A long time ago, I took an idea from someones course to look thru county records for eviction filings etc.
The material that mentioned this idea called it an “Eviction filing list”, so…I went to my court house and asked for one.
After they finished giggling, and telling me there was no such list, I had another idea.
See, my courthouse also said that I needed info like you describe to look up cases.
Either case numbers, or parties in the case, or an address for the properties where evictions where being filed.
I did not have that, and was looking for that.
So, instead, I approached a clerk, and said, “Say I’m here to file such and such type of case. How does that work? How do assign case numbers?”
The clerk told me, when an eviction or foreclosure case is filed, its assigned a number based on the year, a letter code, and then the case number is assigned in the order filings are received.
So, a typical eviction filing for today would look like this: 2005 LMK 123456
From there, I walked to the computer terminal where you could index case info and searched up cases using ‘wild cards’.
I brought up a list of case numbers filed within the last 30 days for the LMK classification.
From there, I filled out a ‘file viewing request form’ with the clerk, listing the cases I wanted (a ton of them).
The clerk handed me file folders to review, and I made my own list.
Returning the files to the clerk when done.
A little work, couple hours, but well worth it.
My first effort landed me two deals, from 13 mailers sent out only to tired landlords.
So, when someone at the county says it cannot be done, they merely mean, ‘we don’t understand what you want, please work within our system’.
Do that, learn how they do things, and work backwards to get your required info.