Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives. For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to columbiamissourian.com/records.
The records: Case.net, the state of Missouri's public judicial records.
Why you'd want them: The records help onestay informed about who is charged with what crimes, where they are being prosecuted, and the punishments that are given for crimes.
Where to get them: Start a search on Case.net by going to its website. By selecting one of the icons at the top of the screen, users can search by name, filing date or case number, as well as browse scheduled hearings and trials. Users also can limit the search to certain judicial circuits and courts.
The case number will be linked to information such as parties and attorneys, judgments and sentences, and docket entries.
Some information is kept private, such as the plaintiffs' or attorneys' names, and participation in Case.net is optional.
How much will it cost: The information is free.