Filtering by Jurisdiction

For information on filtering by jurisdiction, please visit this page

Filtering by Date

You can use the date filter in the lower left corner of your search results to capture cases from specific years.

  • Click "Since 2015" to see content that matches your search criteria, from January 1, 2015 to the present
  • Click "Since 2000"  to see content that matches your search criteria, from January 1, 2000 to the present
  • Enter specific years to capture content starting January 1 of the first year entered and December 31 of the second year entered
  • Enter a year in the box on the left and leave the box on the right blank to capture content between January 1 of the first year to the present

"Search within"

You can use the “search within” box in the upper left corner of your search results screen to add terms to further focus your search.  

Filter by Party

To search for cases in which a particular company or individual is the plaintiff or defendant, use the title: search functionality. Enter title: in the search bar, followed by the party name. 

For example, a search for title:apple will show all cases that contain the word apple in either party name:

For more party filter examples, please visit this page.

Filter by Department or District

Narrow your search down to a specific district or department within a state's appellate court using the department: search functionality. Here's how:

  1. Select your desired jurisdiction
  2. Enter your keyword search into the search bar
  3. Place department:{{number}} at the end of your search string

For more department or district filter examples, please visit this page.

Filter by Judge

Use this technique to help narrow your search to cases where a particular judge was involved.

  1. Set your jurisdiction to the judge's court
  2. Enter your keyword search query into the search
  3. At the end of your keyword search query, enter judge: followed by the judge's last name

For more judge filter examples, please visit this page.

Filter by Motion

If you are researching a legal issue in connection with a motion to dismiss, a motion for summary judgment, or a motion to compel discovery, we recommend using our motion filter to restrict your results to cases on your issue that pertain to that motion type. On the left-hand side of the results screen, you will see a heading for "motion type," and you can select the motion you would like from the list that appears beneath that heading. 

Filter by Cause of Action

If you are researching a legal issue in the context of a specific type of legal claim or cause of action (for example, a copyright infringement claim, a claim for breach of fiduciary duty, etc.), we recommend using our cause of action filter. Using that filter will narrow your results to include only those cases involving your cause of action. On the left-hand side of the results screen, you will see a heading for "causes of action." Click on the link that says "more causes of action" that appears under that heading to see the full menu of causes of action, and select any cause of action that pertains to your legal research issue.

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