Answered By: Amanda Runyon
Last Updated: Feb 05, 2018     Views: 103

Generally, court dockets contain all materials filed by the court or by any party in a court proceeding. The docket itself is referred to by its docket number. The chronological listing of items of the docket is called the docket sheet.

Trial-level dockets often reference the underlying complaint, answer(s), motions, orders, final judgments, and other pleadings. Appellate-level dockets generally reference appellee and appellant briefs, amicus briefs, and other documents relating to appellate cases. 

There are a few options for searching court dockets:

  • Bloomberg Law -- click the "Litigation and Dockets" tab at the top of the page, and then click "Dockets Search"
  • PACER -- the Law Library has a PACER account and can help run searches for UM Law Students, staff, and faculty only. Contact a reference librarian for help with PACER searches.
  • Westlaw -- under "All Content," click "Dockets" 
  • Lexis -- under "Content Type," click "Dockets"

If you need more guidance, please visit the Reference Desk on sub-1 or make an appointment with a reference librarian.

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