What Is A Court Runner

A court runner is an actual person who goes to a courthouse or government office to collect copies of public files of any court record. While BeenVerified has access to criminal records from thousands of jurisdictions around the United States, some records aren't digitized yet because they're too new. In other cases, the specific county might not offer digital records at all. In these instances, a court runner provides a valuable service.

Why is a court runner useful?

Believe it or not, there are still many counties that haven’t yet made their records digitally available—and won’t be found in an online background check database. If you need the latest criminal information on someone, you can send a court runner directly to the local or county courthouses you select to obtain the most recent files or records within the past seven years on any individual.

Without using a court runner, you’d have to go to the court yourself to request those records. And if you choose not to go to the court yourself, there’s little else you can do to obtain that elusive information.

Think of a court runner as someone who knows the ins and outs of the court system, can work with court clerks and is adept at retrieving the information for you.

What records can court runners retrieve?

You may assume a court runner’s job is to simply retrieve records filed with, well, courts. But they can also obtain other types of public records that are either easier to access or is available only in person. These records include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Mortgages
  • Deeds
  • Liens
  • Other records not related to civil or criminal actions

Are arrest records also included?

No. Arrests are done by the police, so arrest records are available only from local police departments.

How quickly can a court runner retrieve a report

Most court runner requests are completed within two to four business days, depending on the county. But court runners are sometimes at the mercy of the court’s record search procedures, possible holidays, the courthouse’s hours of operation and other factors that may delay the process.

Some counties complete their clerk searches more quickly than others, depending on the court’s hours, staffing and how the records are archived. Clerk searches in Nevada counties, for example, are typically returned within 8 to 10 business days, while counties in Maine are returned within 10 to 20 business days. Merrimack county in New Hampshire can take 25 to 30 business days to return the results, but that by no means is the norm.

Why were no records found?

There are a number of reasons why court records you requested may not have been found, including:

  • The records may be older than seven (7) years.
  • The records may be found under a different name, such as a maiden name or alias.
  • The records may be found in the courthouse or repository in a different county or jurisdiction.
  • The case you requested information on was an arrest or did not result in a conviction.
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