Terms & Defining a Competitive Service Area:
Affiliated Researcher = a court researcher processing orders on behalf of a Court Connect partner that registered in the Affiliate Program
Direct Researcher = a court researcher processing orders absent of any affiliation; they are contracted directly with Court Connect
Competitive Service Area = a county wherein Court Connect’s Marketplace of Researchers has at least the equivalent of three active affiliate researchers, each having the availability and capacity that equates to at least 20 work hours per week, across three different Court Connect affiliate partners
note 1: For counties that are not a “competitive service area”, Court Connect shall actively source/recruit new court researchers (Direct Researchers), in an effort to provide extensive coverage across the country. Let it be known that Direct Researchers set their own price, and that Court Connect does not collect any portion of the researcher fee relating to the transaction - this preserves proper market dynamics and aligns with Court Connect’s commitment to be a Trusted Partner.
note 2: Furthermore, for counties that are, or become a “competitive service area”, wherein Direct Researchers are available to process orders, Court Connect will not permit Direct Researchers to set a price lower than the lowest Affiliated Researcher price - this too preserves proper market dynamics and aligns with Court Connect’s commitment to be a Trusted Partner.