Decisions collected here may be searched for by name, case number or key word.
To locate a specific decision, enter the case number in the search space. Partial case numbers may be used. If you do not know the case number, you may search using a party's name. Since captions sometimes are given in incomplete form, it is best to use the name of the first plaintiff or first defendant.
You can also search for decisions on particular legal topics by using queries containing words or phrases that will appear in decisions of interest. Some tips follow:-- A search may be more productive if you look for a specific word and variations of it.For information on how to conduct more elaborate searches, see the Query Language page.
-- You can search for words in relation to one another. Use near rather than and when searching for words close to one another. The answer will list pages on which the words are located ranked in order of proximity: the closer the words to one another, the higher the rank.
-- Use of or will yield all pages on which one word or the other is found.
-- Use of and not will allow you to narrow your search by permitting identification of instances in which one word appears but only when not in proximity to the other.
-- If you place quotation marks around words, the search engine will look for those literal words any place in a decision or order. Without the quotation marks, the search will be, if applicable, by means of key search words. For instance, the query stocks or bonds will result in a search for any place in which either word appears. With quotation marks placed around these words, "stocks or bonds", a search will be made for any place in which the phrase appears.