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Unified Judicial System Online Privacy Policy

The privacy, confidence, and trust of individuals who visit Unified Judicial System websites are important to us. No personal information is collected unless provided voluntarily by an individual while participating in an online activity that requests the information.

The UJS only collects the personal information necessary to provide the information or services requested by an individual. "Personal information" refers to any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual who is the subject of the information. This is the same information that an individual might provide when visiting a government office. Personal information may include but is not limited to: your name, username, email address, address, phone number and/or account password. We also collect information to help us understand how people are using state government websites so we can continually improve our services. The information collected is not associated with any specific individual and no attempt is made to profile individuals who browse state government websites.

You may use PARS without registering an account. If you choose to check-out as a guest, we will collect limited personal information from you in order to fulfill your request, but once your request is completed, we will not retain your personal information except as may be reasonably necessary to document our business activities or as needed for required disclosures. For certain services, we request that you furnish certain financial information, including but not limited to, credit card or other payment account information.

The UJS uses the collected information to respond appropriately to requests. E-mail or other informational requests sent to the UJS website may be maintained or forwarded to the appropriate agency in order to respond to the request. Survey information is used for the intended purpose of the survey. Informational records needed to support UJS functions are retained, managed, and accessible in record-keeping or filing systems in accordance with the State's Public Records Commission. Records transmitted to this site will be identified, managed, protected, and retained as long as they are needed to meet historical, administrative, fiscal, or legal requirements.

Any UJS-operated webpage or application is entitled to the use cookies; which are short and simple text files stored on a user's computer. Cookies keep track of and store information so the user does not have to supply the information multiple times. The information that is collected through cookies is handled in the same manner as other information collected through UJS-operated websites.

The Unified Judicial System is committed to the security of the information that is either available from or collected by state agency websites. The UJS continues to safeguard the integrity of its information, technology and computing infrastructure, including but not limited to: authentication, monitoring, auditing and encryption.