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Case Dockets and Filings

This guide recommends strategies and resources for locating court case dockets and filings.

Overview and Coverage

Westlaw offers extensive coverage of federal dockets.  However, unlike Bloomberg Law, actual documents are only selectively available and only docket abstracts, not the underlying documents, are searchable.

 

Coverage is as follows:

 

  • U.S. Supreme Court: 2000 to Present

  • U.S. Courts of Appeals: 1997 to Present

  • U.S. District Courts: 2000 to Present

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Courts: 1997 to Present

  • U.S. Tax Court: 2000 to Present

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims: 2000 to Present

  • U.S. Court of International Trade: 2000 to Present

  • Patent Trial and Appeal Board: 2012 to Present

  • U.S. International Trade Commission: 1972 to Present

Accessing Westlaw's Dockets

From the Westlaw home page, select “Dockets” from the right-hand column.

Alternatively, visit https://1.next.westlaw.com/Browse/Home/Dockets?transitionType=Default&contextData=(sc.Default) and enter your log-in credentials.

Searching Westlaw's Dockets

First, select the court you need to search beneath the “Federal Dockets by Court” header.  Alternatively, if you would like to search the dockets of multiple courts, mark the checkboxes next to those courts.

 

Once you’ve chosen a particular court, enter the relevant information within the search form, such as:

 

  • participant name
  • docket number
  • keyword search terms
  • nature of suit
  • date
  • attorney/law firm

If you wish to search the dockets of multiple courts, first mark the check boxes next to those courts.  Then, enter your search terms in the search box at the top of the “Dockets” page or click “Advanced” next to the search bar to access the search form.

Ensuring a Docket is Up-to-Date

When viewing a docket on Westlaw, you will find currency information at the top of the page, as well as an "UPDATE" button.  Make sure to click this button to ensure that you are viewing the most up-to-date version of the docket.