DataBC isn’t just about data. We also make it easy to find government apps.
Court Services Online (CSO) is one of those apps. It gives the public access to the provinces’ court records. Generally speaking, the public has the right to know what’s happening in the B.C. court system – which is one reason why records are maintained by court registries. The CSO app was created as an alternative to providing in-person court services, with the goal to make these records more publically accessible.
What sort of data can you access from the CSO app? The CSO app provides data from civil, criminal and traffic court records by connecting directly with the judicial system’s database. Using a simple search, anyone can lookup court files, check on the outcomes of hearings, electronically file court documents or – in some cases – purchase court documents.
Of course, there are exceptions to what kind of information is made publically available – anything that is sensitive or not required to be public knowledge is sealed or restricted.
However plenty of information is available. The following court record data can generally be found as it relates to a civil, criminal or traffic file:
- File number
- Type of file
- Date the file was opened
- Registry location
- Style of cause
- Names of parties, counsel, or participants
- List of filed documents
- Charges, sentences, dispositions
- Release information
- Appearance details
- Terms of order
- Caveat details
Learn what’s happening in our courts – visit Court Services Online to start your search.