For years, I have a provided a free service to family, friends and co-workers running criminal background checks.
It’s about time you all learn to do it by yourselves.
It’s not that difficult.
Get on your computer, iPad, SmartPhone or whatever device you use to connect to the internet.
Go to ujsportal.pacourts.us.
In the gold box below and to the left of the scary-looking building, click on “Docket Sheets.” In the drop-down box that appears, click on “Common Pleas Courts.”
Scroll down to the “Search Type:” box. In that drop-down box, select “Participant Name.”
In the new window, you only need to type in the last name, the first name and the county to see if the person you are looking for has any criminal charges here.
The other window boxes, such as “Date of Birth,” will help you narrow your search.
In the bottom block of boxes under “and any combination of” you must enter either a county or in the “Docket Type” box, “criminal,” “miscellaneous” or “summary appeal.” I’ll bet “criminal” is what you’re looking for. Leave the county line blank and you will get a state-wide search.
All you really need to know if the first few letters of the first and last name.
If your gut feelings are misguided, the response you will get is “No results found.”
If your suspicions are correct, a line or a list may come up.
If it does, place your cursor over the box on the left side. A small window will appear with the words “Docket Sheet” and “Court Summary.”
Click on “Docket Sheet” and the case should come up. The information contains no criminal complaints or affidavits. But it can tell you if someone has a criminal record.
If you have problems, get back to me.
Next time I’ll take a shot at deciphering those docket sheets.