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:
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.
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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