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​Case Search Tips

The Case Search feature allows for broad public access to electronic Court records. There are three methods available for searching: Party Name, Docket Number, and Attorney Case List. The Case Search Results include links to PDF copies of unpublished Court of Appeals opinions issued since July 1996, Supreme Court opinions and published Court of Appeals opinions issued since January 2001, Court of Appeals orders issued after January 1, 2005, and Supreme Court orders issued after September 21, 2005

 

By Party Name

Use the By Party Name search to locate the Court docket sheet for a specific party name. The party name can be the name of an individual or organization.

  1. In the Party Name box, enter the name of the party. 
  2. Click the Search button to begin the search.

 

Once the search is complete, the Party Name Search Results screen displays. Scroll through the list of matching cases and use the Next> Last>> <<First and <Previous links, located at the top of the screen, to view additional results. To access a particular docket sheet, click the docket number of the case you are interested in.
 
Note: Instructions are available on How to Read a Docket Sheet. This provides an explanation of some of the abbreviations and terms used in a docket sheet.
 

Party Name Search Hints

  • Party names in certain case types, such as adoption and termination of parental rights, are suppressed to protect the privacy interests of the minor children. Thus, searching for case information by party name may not produce any results for those case types.
  • For an individual, the form must be LastName FirstName. There should be no comma and only one space separating the Last Name from the First Name. (For example: Smith Tracy) If a middle initial appears in the Court's database, it must be included in the search field to generate full and accurate results.
  • For an organization, enter the name of the organization. (For example: ABC Inc.)
  • Searching may be done based on partial name, by using a wildcard (an asterisk) (For example: Smi* will match Smith, Smithers, Smiley...). Note that searches using wildcards may take longer to return results, but they require less accuracy in the search terms.

 

By Docket Number

Use the By Docket Number search to locate the Court docket sheet for a specific docket number.  The docket number is also known as the case number. 

  1. In the Case Docket Number box, type the desired docket number.
  2. Select the Court Type for the desired docket number.
  3. Click the Search button to begin the search.
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Once the search is complete, the docket sheet for that docket number will be displayed.
Note: Intructions are available on How to Read a Docket Sheet. This provides an explanation of some of the abbreviations and terms used in a docket sheet.
 

Docket Number Search Hints

  • A docket number uses numerals only. Do not use alpha characters or special characters. (For example: 123456)
  • If you do not enter a valid docket number in the field, you will receive an error alert.
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Case List By Attorney

Use the Case List By Attorney search to locate the Court docket sheet for a specific attorney. You can search based on either attorney bar number or attorney name.

  1. Select either the Attorney Bar Number or the Attorney Name option.
  2. Depending on the option selected, type the attorney bar number in the Attorney Bar Number box, or type the attorney name in the Attorney Name box.
  3. Click the Search button to begin the search.
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Once the search is complete, the resulting attorney case list displays in alphabetical order. For an attorney, the case list displays in descending date filed order. Scroll through the list of matching cases. To view the Court docket sheet, click on a docket number link.
 
Note: Instructions are available on How to Read a Docket Sheet. This provides an explanation of some of the abbreviations and terms used in a docket sheet.

 

Attorney Case List Search Hints

  • To search by attorney bar number, enter the numeric portion only in the Attorney Bar Number field.
  • To search by individual attorney name, enter the attorney Last Name then First Name. There should be no comma and only one space separating the Last Name from the First Name. (For example: Smith Tracy) If a middle initial appears in the Court's database, it must be included in the search field to generate full and accurate results.
  • Searching may be done based on partial name, by using a wildcard (an asterisk). Note that searches using wildcards may take longer to return results, but they require less accuracy in the search terms. (For example: Smi* will match Smith, Smithers, Smiley...).
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