Are you in possession of a docket number and in search of a specific case or court opinion? No need to fret! With access to Westlaw Edge, you have all the necessary tools at your disposal. In fact, finding a case by its docket number is a breeze with just a few clicks and a simple search.
Method 1: Search Case Law
The first step in locating a case by its docket number on Westlaw Edge is to explore its extensive case law databases, also known as “content sets.” And remember, you have multiple options for finding the right content set.
For instance, if you’re interested in a court opinion issued by the U.S. Supreme Court, here are two convenient approaches to finding the relevant content set:
- In the global search bar at the top of the page, type “U.S. Supreme Court cases” and select the appropriate “Suggestion” that appears.
- From the Westlaw Edge home page, choose “Cases” under the “Content types” tab, followed by “U.S. Supreme Court” on the subsequent page.
It’s worth noting that both options will lead you to the same destination, and you can use a similar process for courts other than the U.S. Supreme Court.
Next, click on the “Advanced” link located to the right of the global search bar. This opens up a search template where you can provide any available information about the case, including the docket number.
Once you’re on the template search page, scroll down until you find the section titled “Docket Number.” Simply enter the docket number and initiate the search. The desired case will be included in your results. As promised, finding a case by docket number has never been easier.
Method 2: Search Trial Court Orders
If the court opinion or decision you’re seeking is not published or available via case law, don’t worry. You can always explore trial court orders, another content option accessible through Westlaw Edge.
Similar to searching case law, there are numerous simple ways to find trial court orders on Westlaw Edge. For example, if you’re interested in California civil trial court orders, either of the following options will guide you to the appropriate page:
- Enter “California trial court orders” in the global search bar at the top of the page and select the relevant “Suggestion.”
- On the Westlaw Edge home page, choose “Trial Court Orders” under the “Content types” tab, followed by “California” on the subsequent page.
Just like searching case law, click on the “Advanced” link to the right of the global search bar to access the search template. Enter the docket number in the “Docket Number” field and launch your search.
Method 3: Search the Dockets Themselves
If you’ve exhausted the first two methods and are still struggling to find the desired court opinion, fear not. There is another avenue to explore: the dockets themselves.
In fact, many dockets, particularly federal dockets, include PDF versions of opinions and decisions issued by the respective court for a specific case.
Westlaw Edge offers several ways to find dockets, but one of the simplest methods is to use the global search bar at the top of the page. For instance, if you require a docket from a federal district court in California, specifically the Southern District, enter “California federal district court dockets” in the global search bar and select the appropriate “Suggestion.”
This will direct you to another template search page where you can input the docket number in the “Docket Number” field. Run your search and select the relevant case from the results list.
When inside the docket, scroll down until you locate the desired order or decision. Typically, the dockets are organized in reverse chronological order, making it easier to find what you need if you know the date of the opinion or court order.
If the court order is available within the docket, you will find a PDF link labeled “View” that you can click to access.
As you can see, Westlaw Edge offers multiple ways to find a case or court order. If you ever require assistance, our Reference Attorneys are always available. These legal experts are bar-admitted lawyers who possess extensive knowledge of Westlaw, its databases, features, and functionality.
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