The exact details are always important
Saying that the legal system is complex might well be one of the single biggest understatements that one could ever make. People often forget just how much time lawyers spend going to school in order to understand the basics of law. This isn't simply about memorizing precedent or the details of historic cases. Law involves learning a whole new way of detailing events. Legal documents are of course written in the tongue of the land. But at the same time how they're written will usually place them in a very unique position. A legal document needs to lay out the details of an event in the most detailed way possible. It can't allow for any ambiguity in how it details any given event. If there's any bit of ambiguity in a legal document than there's a possibility of contention within the case. This is part of why it's so important to have the same records that a court does. If someone's life is influenced by a case than he needs to have the documents that describe it. This is a far easier process than most people would assume.
A simple process of obtaining documentation
The exact legal description of a case can be found in the Certificate of Disposition. These might well be quite complex documents. And one might need a lawyer to go over them in order to get the full details. But no matter how one goes about reading it, actual possession of the document is vitally important for anyone involved. This will usually cost about $100, plus $10 in court fees to retrieve the information. After that the documents will be delivered right into one's mailbox. This will often cast legal events in a new and often more beneficial light.