How do I run a basic search for cases?
Go to the primary law tab and enter your search terms. You may enter the docket number, numeric citation such as “55 Cal.App.4th 172” or “571 F.3d 873”, party citation such as “People v. Jones”, or any search terms related to the case.
You can also go to the search box on the Secondary Sources or Practitioner tab, select Cases from the dropdown menu to the left of the search box, enter your search terms, then click Search.
How do I run a basic search for statutes?
From the Primary Law, Secondary Sources, or Practitioner screens, select Statutes from the dropdown to the left of the search box, enter your search terms, then click Search.
You may enter the title of the statute or an abbreviation of the title followed by a section number, such as “Public Utility Code 10001” or “PUC 10001”. You may also enter any search terms related to the statute.
Can you filter or narrow down search results for cases?
You may filter search results by Court and Division, Cause of Action, Procedural Posture, Disposition, Appellant’s Trial Court Role, and Year.
Can I browse the entire set of statutes?
From the Primary Law screen, select Statutes then click on the title of the set of statutes on the left side of the screen to begin navigating through the entire set.
Where can I find more information on conducting online legal research?
For more information on searching, see Tips for optimizing online legal research.