This article explains how to access and use Parallel Search from our Casetext Research platform. Parallel Search is also built into our Compose software program. To find out how to use Parallel Search from within Compose, please see the article available here.
Parallel Search on Casetext Research
When on Casetext Research, you can utilize Parallel Search by typing a full sentence into the search bar titled "Search the law":
You do not need to use Boolean terms or connectors. Enter a sentence that describes your legal issue, or for which you want to find legal support. The system will detect that you want to run a Parallel Search and will recommend "Parallel Search" under the search bar, which you will click to be navigated to your results:
Filter by Jurisdiction
When running a Parallel Search from the Casetext Research platform, you can filter your Parallel Search results by jurisdiction by following the same procedure you normally would use to filter your keyword search results on Casetext Research. To learn how to select your jurisdiction, please review this article.
Filter by Motion Type, Cause of Action, Party Type or Date
You can narrow your Parallel Search results by using our variety of filters, including our motion type, cause of action, party type or date filters. You can apply these filters to your Parallel Search results by following the same procedure that you would use to filter your keyword search results on Casetext Research. You can also use the "search within" bar to search within your Parallel Search results for a specific word or phrase. To learn how to use the "search within" function and our motion, cause of action, party type, and date filters, please review this article.
Hide Unpublished Cases
You can hide unpublished cases from your Parallel Search results by following the directions provided here.
While Parallel Search can work with any type of sentence, keep in mind that it brings back sentences from the common law (i.e., judicial opinions) or from statutes, regulations or rules. Due to the nature of the underlying data, you will likely find more on-point results when using sentence queries that are either a legal proposition or a legal/fact hybrid statement.
When searching for concepts that are frequently discussed in the common law, small adjustments to your query can result in pronounced changes in your results. Try changing names, slightly rephrasing your query, and adding filters to fine-tune your results.
To force certain words to appear in the search results, put quotation marks (“) around up to four words.
Parallel Search considers punctuation when analyzing queries but ignores capitalization.
Be aware that using sentences that occur frequently throughout the law will likely bring back verbatim matches.
Query length has some impact on the length of results returned. A short phrase can return sub-optimal results. Conversely, a long paragraph can also return sub-optimal results. For best results, we recommend using a full sentence.
Using different proper names in the query sentence can change the results.
For more information on what you can research using Parallel Search, please see the article available here.