Court Researcher

Scour the internet for legal data and track down court paperwork.

What does a Court Researcher do?

It seems that every time an Internet page pops up, there’s a promise for more information about someone you’ve lost touch with. That’s because there are companies who specialize in making background material available to Human Resource Managers, Private Investigators, and other interested parties. The information for these reports comes from the research performed by Court Researchers.

As a Court Researcher, you’re commonly an independent employee who’s hired to track down information in public records. That might mean scouring the Internet for pertinent factoids or hunting down physical documents at the local courthouse. Either way, precision is key. Mistakes not only threaten your job as a Court Researcher, but can also seriously affect the credibility of a person.

How does it work? Well, you gather data, such as names, dates, addresses, and homeownership details. In addition, you track down the specifics when a person is charged with a crime. For example, you might gather information about convictions and sentencing.

Regardless of the type of information you gather, you then use it to build a database or spreadsheet of information. That organized and easy-to-access information then becomes available to those performing background checks for a housing rental, credit check, or job opportunity.

This job is typically part-time, requiring you to work from a few hours a month to nearly 40 hours per week, depending on the size of the city you live in. Because it’s commonly home-based, you must be self-motivated and reliable.