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How do I read my CORI?

Produced by Greater Boston Legal Services
Reviewed March 2013

CORI was originally set up for the police, courts, and probation officers. Now, lots of people can get CORI reports. Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) has changed what a CORI looks like to make it easier to read:

  • Your CORI will list any open criminal cases and any closed criminal cases.
  • Your CORI will say whether each case was a misdemeanor or a felony.
  • Your CORI will list the "disposition" of each case. The disposition tells you how each case ended.


  • your case ended in a conviction, or
  • was dismissed, or
  • there was a nolle prosequi (the prosecutor dropped the case), or
  • you were found not guilty.

See a sample CORI.

If you do not understand something on your CORI, you might be able to get help from the court. Call or go to the court where the case was heard. Ask a probation officer to explain it to you. You may be able to talk to a lawyer or advocate. Ask if they know how to read CORI.

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