Effective October 21, 2013
Automatically Collected Information
When visiting the Court's website, certain non-personally identifying information may be automatically collected. This information does not recognize the identity of the visitor and is not used to track or record information specific to the individual. The Court automatically collects and stores the following information about your visit:
- The Internet Protocol Address and domain name used, but not electronic mail (e-mail) address. The Internet Protocol Address is a numerical identifier assigned to your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or directly to your computer;
- The type of web browser and operating system used;
- The date and time of each visit;
- The pages or services accessed or utilized on the Court's website;
- Any form or information that was downloaded;
- General geographical information based the IP Address.
In order to collect the above non-personally identifying information, the Court may utilize "cookies" and/or "session variables." "Cookies" are small computer files that we transfer to your computer's hard drive that allow us to know how often someone visits our site and the activities they conduct while on our site. "Session Variables" are similar to cookies except that they remain on our servers and are not transferred to your computer. Usage of a cookie or session variable is in no way linked to your personally identifiable information. Once you close your Web browser, the cookie or session variable simply terminates. If you reject the cookie or session variable through your browser's settings, you may still use the website. The Court also uses Google Analytics to collect statistical data. The information collected is used for statistical analysis, to help determine what information is of most and least interest to users of the Court's website and to improve the utility of the material available on the website. This information is not collected by the Court for commercial marketing purposes.
Voluntarily Collected Information
The Court does not collect personally identifiable information about visitors, unless that information is voluntarily submitted by a visitor (e.g. sending an email through the website). The Court will only use voluntarily submitted personally identifiable information for its intended purpose and in an effort to assist the visitor in providing the information requested. This information will not be used for commercial marketing purposes, and the Court does not use this information for any commercial or financial gain. Personally identifiable information refers to any information that identifies or can be used to identify, contact, or locate the person to whom such information pertains, including, but not limited to, name, address, phone number, fax number, and email address. Personally identifiable information does not include information that is collected anonymously (that is, without identification of the individual user) or demographic information not connected to a particularly identified individual.
When you apply for an account to access a system, you may need to provide some personally identifiable information. User names and passwords may be required to access an online service offered by the Court. No representative of the Court will ever request a user to reveal their password. Under no circumstances should this information be shared with or disclosed to any other person. However, online systems may offer the built-in feature to securely assist users who have lost or forgotten their password.
Credit Card Transactions
The Court uses third-party solutions for processing credit cards transactions. The third-party vendors have their own privacy policies and the Court does not exercise control over these websites or their privacy practices. Systems offered by the Court that collect and process payment credit card information are highly secured and fully hosted solutions. This means that the Court does not retain credit card numbers or security codes. Further, when you enter personal information online, that information is encrypted prior to transmission using a security protocol called SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).
The does not knowingly collect or solicit information from children under the age of 13. However, visitors are cautioned that the Court has no way of determining the age of any person voluntarily submitting Court personally identifiable information online or by email (unless the person specifically states his or her age). The Court's website is not a commercial website and is not directed primarily to children.
Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information to Comply with Law
It is important to understand that under applicable state or federal law, various forms of correspondence and other information may be subject to disclosure. For example, the Court may disclose such correspondence or information in response to a lawful court order, a subpoena, or to comply with a valid request from law enforcement. The Court may also disclose or use such correspondence or information as necessary in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, or as otherwise required by law.
The information posted on the Court's website includes hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and/or private entities. These links are provided as a convenience and are for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Court of any of the products, services, or opinions of the corporation, organization or individual. When users select a hypertext link, the user is leaving the Court's website and may be subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the external web site. The Court encourages you to read the privacy statements of these linked sites you visit.