Contact the court where the case was filed for more information. All bankruptcy courts have a telephone information system, also known as the Voice Case Information System , that enables callers to obtain basic case information through a touchtone phone. This is free to use and available 24 hours a day. When court records and case files are eligible for permanent preservation, they are transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration NARA for storage and preservation.
These records can be accessed directly from NARA. Individual researchers working on defined research projects intended for scholarly work can use the attached form to request PACER fee exemptions from multiple courts. In accordance with the EPA fee schedule, the request should be limited in scope, and not be intended for redistribution on the internet or for commercial purposes. You may also conduct nationwide searches to determine whether or not a party is involved in a federal case. This database updates at midnight each day. If you require briefs and records from earlier Supreme Court cases, the Kathrine R.
This set begins in and contains briefs from selected cases; however, it is highly selective in the cases it covers usually cases per Court term. For additional resources for Supreme Court briefs, consult the library's U.
Before attempting to track down records on appeal or specific filings, it is most helpful to first locate the following information about the case:. H elping I ndividuals with criminal records R eenter through E mployment. For cases from dates or jurisdictions which are not included in the electronic services, you may be able to obtain docket information from a compiled set of records and briefs; see section III of this guide for more information. Other audio recordings or transcripts available may be available upon request, generally for a fee. This is an annotated list of databases produced by South Carolina State Agencies listed by database subject. In the meantime, the state could give judges more leeway in granting pardons and expungements conditionally at sentencing. Current members of the Duke Law community can also locate federal docket information on LexisNexis and Westlaw.
Supreme Court Research Guide. These records are arranged by docket number. A print index housed near the microfiche collection provides case names and docket numbers, but does not indicate which materials are provided for an individual case. The Microforms Room on Level 1 contains more current N. Supreme Court records and briefs on microfiche —present, with approximately a 2-year delay between case publication and fiche availability. Both the print and the microfiche set are organized by the cases' N.
Reports citation. The Kathrine R. Everett Law Library is also in the process of digitizing historical N. Supreme Court briefs for expected public release. More recent case materials, from both the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals, are available online. A4 A7 , which includes colonial court records from To locate these materials, search the online catalog for the subject heading "Court records—North Carolina.
District, Appeals, and Bankruptcy courts. Because most federal courts require documents to be filed electronically, the majority of materials are available for download in PDF format, generally from present. For records and briefs from other state courts, and for federal court cases prior to , libraries within the court's geographic region may have received print or microform sets which are similar to Duke's North Carolina and Fourth Circuit collections.
W49 provides an excellent starting point for determining whether compiled records and briefs may be available for a particular court from a particular time period. You may be able to obtain copies of these materials through Interlibrary Loan.
These links generally include dockets, briefs, other pleadings, and orders. The types of available documents will vary widely, depending upon the jurisdiction and time period of the case. Specific types of court documents may also be searched separately on these legal research services, as well as other online resources. The remainder of this guide outlines sources and strategies for locating these materials. Think of the docket as the "table of contents" to all of the materials associated with a particular case.
The case's docket sheet can help a researcher pinpoint exactly what documents exist for a particular case and when each was filed with the court.
District, Appeals, and Bankruptcy courts, generally from present, with many of the documents listed in the docket available full-text in PDF. Inquire at the Reference Desk to set up an account with Bloomberg Law. Current members of the Duke Law community can also locate federal docket information on LexisNexis and Westlaw.
Dockets for a particular case will be linked from the top of the opinion; dockets may also be searched in separate databases. To search federal court dockets on Lexis Advance , click "Dockets" underneath the main search box to view available databases.
To search federal court dockets on Westlaw , choose "Dockets" from the Browse menu on the home page. Although dockets are viewable and can be updated, filing downloads or courier dispatch services are not available to academic users. It is always preferable to retrieve known citations than to search for party names.
Ideally, a researcher should already know the specific court in which the case was filed and the docket number. Justia search results provide basic information about a case, and link directly into PACER for additional results such as the full docket sheet and links to full-text filings. Selected cases may also include free copies of the documents themselves. Note that Justia does not index dockets from the Bankruptcy Courts, although bankruptcy cases which have been appealed will be found in the appropriate Circuit Court.
Note also that some states provide only civil, not criminal, materials through these services. In Westlaw , click Dockets and choose the appropriate state to view available materials. Individual court websites may also provide public search engines to their docket information. As with the online services, dates of availability will vary greatly. For cases from dates or jurisdictions which are not included in the electronic services, you may be able to obtain docket information from a compiled set of records and briefs; see section III of this guide for more information.
Briefs, motions, pleadings and related orders are generally the most easily accessible court documents. They can be found in a variety of free and fee-based sources online, as well as in compiled sets of records and briefs see section III. In LexisNexis and Westlaw , available briefs for a particular case will be linked from the opinion.
Databases of briefs and other case materials may also be searched separately. In Westlaw , click Briefs and choose the appropriate state to view available materials. The case parties, attorneys, or interested organizations such as those which filed an amicus brief may also have posted documents related to the case online; conduct a search of the general web to locate free postings.
Records and briefs for the New York Court of Appeals cover the time period California case records and briefs are available for various dates, with some as early as the nineteenth century. You may also be able to obtain briefs and other materials directly from a state court's website, although availability will vary.
State court documents may also be provided on some free legal document repositories, such as JD Supra and The Smoking Gun. The case parties, attorneys, or interested organizations such as those which filed an amicus brief may also have posted documents related to the case online; conduct a general web search to locate free postings.
Availability of transcripts will vary depending on the court, the time period, and whether the case was appealed. The proceedings of particularly notorious historical trials may have been published separately as a book or pamphlet. For U.