It?s not difficult to look up these court records in person, but it?s not the most convenient thing you?ll do. You want to try it online before you go to any local courthouse or to the state court to find this information. Requests made in person are longer and more difficult to access, and many courts charge a fee for this type of service. Online is the way to go. The simplest way to begin is to visit the website of a county courthouse if you suspect someone might have a court record in that county. If they do, you?ll find it by entering his or her name in the search court records box and selecting the records you want to search.
If you cannot find anything in a specific county or you wonder if someone has information from other counties, you should search on the state level. The Rhode Island Judiciary website makes this simple. You?ll visit the site, locate the ?Self-help? center location, and click on the eService link. That?s where you?ll choose the smart search option and enter the information of the person you want to search for. You can search with a just a name, but additional details are always helpful and can make the search easier. You don?t pay for this information, but you do if you want to obtain a certified copy of any information you find on the state courthouse website. You must also be either related to, representing legally, or the person listed on the record to receive certified copies