Announces Public Record Researcher Agreement Document
On Monday April 26th, the Public Record Retriever Network (PRRN,
www.prrn.us) announced the release of a model template of a Public
Record Researcher Agreement to be used by public record researchers
and Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs). The Agreement represents
a best efforts work to provide a starting point
for a written agreement that is fair to both parties and not one-sided
Designing the Agreement as a flexible template gives
both parties the ability to modify text to properly reflect their
business practices and services, as well as recognize the fact
that different jurisdictions have different demands on public
Some of the issues addressed in the Agreement include: defining
default search criteria; defining the centralized court index
and the predominantly used index; which party provides E &
O insurance coverage; disclosure of working with sub-contractors;
disclosure of pre-screened searches; charges or non-charges for
searching AKA’s aliases and hyphenated names; and disclosure
if background checks are performed on employees of the researcher.
In addition, the Agreement is designed to comply with Clauses
4.1 and 4.3 of the NAPBS Accreditation Rules Document.
The people who gave their time and expertise towards the creation
of this document include researchers and CRAs as well as members
of the NAPBS Provider Committee. People who actively participated
include Timothy Baxter, Wendy Davis, Larry Henry, Rod Hughes,
Ann Lane, Ernest McConnell, Ben Peacock, Michael Sankey, and Cliff
Williams. While it certainly was a group effort, it must be noted
that the majority of the text was written and provided by Attorney
Larry Henry. Mr. Henry also reviewed all revisions.
This Model Agreement is the property of PRRN and is provided
to PRRN members to use as a member benefit. It will hopefully
find its way into circulation.