Employee Background Screener Explains the Difference Between Database Searches and Court Searches.

Database searches and actual court searches can both yield helpful information during employee background screening. However, there are significant differences that hiring managers should be aware of; CredentialCheck provides the necessary guidance to make the right choice.

Court searches are among the most effective methods for getting an accurate picture of a candidate’s background, including any current or pending criminal issues. This type of background check can be divided into two types: database searches and actual court searches. Each version serves a unique purpose and provides different types of information, so it is important to understand the difference. CredentialCheck helps their clients understand what to expect from each and determine the right approach to getting the details they need from a criminal background check.

A database search seeks out criminal records from multiple sources. The “database” is a centralized repository of historical data and current records. Since the database must be updated, it is not always fully up to date; there may be a lag between a criminal case being reported and that case appearing in the database. However, some key advantages of a database search are that it is relatively inexpensive and quick.

Actual court searches, on the other hand, seek out criminal information through a physical or online search or court records, either at the county, state, or federal level. These searches reveal all data on record at the specific court being checked, including any misdemeanors, or pending cases. Likewise, actual searches at the federal level can unearth information like open arrest warrants and cases awaiting trial. While this type of search is typically more time-consuming and costly, it can grant greater peace of mind.