CI recommends an International Criminal Records inquiry for all districts/provinces the subject has lived or worked in outside the U.S. within the past 7-10 years at the client’s discretion. CI submits international inquiries through various international criminal records vendors who are experts in foreign court procedures. Our vendors have established vast networks of contacts in the international courts which allow CI to return records from all 6 foreign continents as well as Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico. Our vendors work closely with the FTC and U.S. Department of State to ensure compliance with international access and privacy data laws.
Most countries provide for three tiers within their justice system. The tiers are usually comprised of a local or district level, provincial level and federal level. Research for relevant criminal court information is best accomplished initially at the district or local court level where available. Court files are usually archived manually with very little automation and require local investigative personnel to travel to remote locations. Records may also be available through a local prosecutor’s office requiring a similar approach to data collection.
Crimes and offenses that are reported are comparable to felonies in the United States; less serious offenses (misdemeanors) will be reported if available within a particular country.