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Googling your name and discovering court records on the site Justia.com associated with your name can be a jarring experience. Legal proceedings come with enough headaches without having to worry about the details of your court case being one of the first things to appear in a Google search of your name.
Fortunately, it’s possible to prevent the listing from showing up in search engines. Although this doesn’t remove the listing from Justia’s website, it does prevent it from appearing in Google. Justia provides this guide detailing how they received your information in the first place.
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Remove a Justia Listing from Search Results: Step-by-Step
1. Navigate to your court case/docket on Justia.com. Highlight the URL & right-click to copy it to your clipboard.
2. Go to Justia’s Support Page.
3. Select “Submitting a request to block a Justia link from the search engines” from the list of options under “I need help with.”
4. Paste the URL of your Justia listing in the “additional comments” box.
5. Enter any additional comments, your name, and email. Then solve the reCaptcha and click “Send Request.”
6. Check your email for correspondence from Justia regarding the status of the removal.
Justia will confirm via email that the listing has been updated on their end so that it is blocked from showing up in search results. Over time, Google will recognize this change and organically remove (de-index) the listing from its search results. To speed up this process, you can submit the URL of the listing to Google’s Outdated Content Removal Tool, if you have a Google Search Console account.
What is Justia.com?
At its core, Justia.com is a website containing free legal information and resources for law students, lawyers, legal researchers, and the general public. If you take a few minutes to poke around on the site, you’ll notice they host A LOT of information. It is one of the largest free repositories of US law, case law, legal codes, statutes, and regulations. Cases span across all legal practice areas including criminal law, injury law, family law, real estate law, wrongful death attorney, intellectual property, estate planning, business law, employment & labor, foreign law, and immigration.
This also includes a portion on their site called Justia dockets and filings, which allows users to search for cases, dockets, and filings from the U.S. District Courts as well as the U.S. Courts of appeals. If you Google your name and a Justia listing is showing up in the results, then it is likely hosted on this portion of the site.
You can also search for a injury lawyer, post a listing as a lawyer as well as research various areas of law.
Why is Justia posting my information online and is it legal?
With all of the benefits that Justia brings in providing free legal resources, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you would want information about a case you are involved with showing up in search results.
So, is it legal? The short of it is: yes.
As with most sites that share similar personal information, Justia is able to do so because the information is considered a matter of public record. Most laws concerning the protection of private info actually favor the publisher and even laws that are being enacted to better protect the consumer, like California Consumer Privacy Act, do not typically extend to items like court records. This is because personal identifying information in court records that are made available to the public, do not fit the criteria of “personal information” that would otherwise be able to be removed under the CCPA.
Other sites like Justia.com that could be posting your information in Google.
If information about a case you were involved with is on Justia.com, then it is likely on other legal aggregators as well. Many of the sites scrape the same sources (and even one another) in order to obtain information for their own databases. Some of the more popular sites in addition to Justia include Law360, Pacermonitor.com, Casetext.com, Courtlistener.com, Docketbird.com, Unicourt.com, and Trellis.law. Each site will have its own guidelines for removal. Fortunately, our experts can remove search results originating from these sites as well and understand each site’s own removal procedures and nuances.
In addition to legal aggregators, information that’s commonly found on Justia can also be found on common data brokers sites like MyLife.com and BeenVerified. This includes your name, address, phone number, relatives, court records, and more. Fortunately, you can remove your information from these sites as well. Each data broker will have its own process for getting your information removed. Our software takes care of the work for you and removes information from the most common data brokers on your behalf. You can learn more about that here. It will minimize your risk of identity theft, robo calls, spam, and more.
Having information about a legal matter you were involved with showing up for your name in Google search results can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be permanent. Give our experts a call and take care of the situation today: 646-863-8282.