I recently saw a commercial for an episode of the Real Housewives of Vancouver and one line caught my attention: Jody was going to serve Mary with legal papers?
I did not pay too much attention to when the episode was airing. Instead, I was interested in who was suing who, and why.
I went to Court Services Online to see what, if any, lawsuits had been filed against Mary.
Court Services Online is a very useful tool. It allows you to e-search parties by name to check if there are any lawsuits.
You can complete these searches for free! In many cases, if you pay an additional charge (usually $6.00) you can view the court file.
- A family law proceeding from 2011 (note – you generally cannot get access to family law proceeding documents online); and
- A small claims proceeding from 1998.
- A search of Jody Claman pulls up 16 lawsuits;
- A search of Reiko MacKenzie yields no results;
- A search of Kevin Chase pulls up 13 lawsuits (note that there are different middle names in the results – these are likely different individuals); and
- A search of Christina Kiesel pulls up four court actions.
What are some more practical uses of Court Services Online?
Example of situations where this may be useful:
- Has your blind date from E-Harmony been involved in a messy lawsuit/lawsuits?
- Who is the person claiming that your grandfather’s estate owes her money? Are they litigious? Would they likely sue the estate?
- Has your spouse’s business been involved in lawsuits that have not been disclosed to you?