Answered By: Kate Britt
Last Updated: Jul 15, 2020     Views: 250

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:

  • Westlaw: under "All Content," click "Dockets" 
  • Lexis: under "Content Type," click "Dockets"
  • Lexis Advance CourtLink: Lexis Advance CourtLink provides an advanced search interface on the Lexis+ (fka Lexis Advance) platform. To get to CourtLink, login to your Lexis account, click the "product switcher" box in the top left corner of the page, and select Lexis Advance CourtLink.
  • CourtListener RECAP Archive (https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/): This free resource from the CourtListener project gathers crowd-sourced documents from federal dockets and makes them available through its web interface.
  • PACER: The Law Library does not have a PACER account to provide to students. However, any member of the public may create an account and search PACER for fees assessed per-search and per-page of download. If you incur fees less than $30 per quarter, you will not be charged. We recommend starting with other options available to you (Lexis CourtLink, RECAP Archive) first before searching in PACER.

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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