Announcing MyCourtCase.org

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I’m really excited to announce a new service I just launched: MyCourtCase.org. Right now it’s just for Hillsborough County, Florida, but I am working on expanding it to other counties and states.

I came up with the idea for MyCourtCase from practicing criminal defense. I saw so many people interact with the criminal justice system as if it was some kind of strange incomprehensible machine. Hopefully MyCourtCase will start to change that by letting people see what has happened in cases like theirs, and make educated decisions about what to do based on historical data.

Here’s an example of some of the interesting data from just one county:

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As you can see, there are big differences between judges for a crime as small as driving without a valid driver’s license. Some judges are far more likely than others to put a conviction on someone’s record.

Big Data for Everyone

There has been a big focus on big data recently in the “Legal Tech” sector recently. Nearly all of those efforts are pay-to-play and aimed either at lawyers or a specific industry. I’m committed to keeping MyCourtCase.org free to the public, because they’re the people I see as the “end user” of the court system.

Future Development

I am working on adding more counties and states to the service. I am also considering making the underlying data (the raw data) pulled open source. I would also like to add race and gender statistics at some point.

If you’re interested in what I’m doing or have any questions feel free to contact me at my contact info below.

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  • This is a really cool product. I have wondered for a while now about statistics measuring how different judge’s disposition can affect a case. Far-ranging statistics from outcomes on discovery motions to frequency of JNOV’s would be a great resource. I’m really interested in the process you used to compile these numbers.

    • Sam Harden

      Matt – thanks for your comment. I’m working on ways to analyze the “deeper” data like you’re talking about and make it useable. Not only can a judge’s disposition affect a case, a prosecutor’s can as well. For example simply filing a motion to suppress evidence can affect the outcome of a case even without a judge having ruled on it.

  • Kate Graham

    I’m really interested in this! I’m curious how you obtained the data in .csv format. Did you create a program to pull the data off the court’s website? Or did you request the data from them and they gave it to you in that format?

    • Sam Harden

      Hi Kate – I am using a program to run trough the court dockets and extract information. Florida (where I am) has very broad public records laws, so I am working on simply doing public records requests for the electronic court docket files in bulk, so that they’re easier to run through.