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Court documents for high profile, or federal level cases tend to be readily available through our legal databases or government websites. The results for lower court documents tend to be more sporadic.  Each state differs in the scope of court documents that it makes available.  Try Westlaw and Lexis first before conducting Google searches.  If the legal databases AND the Internet do not produce results, please get in touch with a librarian.  Your court documents may be found on PACER or we may have to contact a state archive or library to obtain electronic copies.

Court Documents in Westlaw and Lexis

Both Lexis and Westlaw house cases, briefs, trial court documents, transcripts and oral arguments, and dockets.  You may limit to searching these materials by using the links on the Lexis and Westlaw homepages respectively.  It's important to gather as much citation information as possible to locate your case.  Docket numbers, case numbers, party names, and dates are essential in the finding process.

Both databases offer selected court filings.  The only way to determine whether the document you are seeking will be there is to conduct a search.  Trial court-level filings are limited to cases with heavily-litigated topics, High-value cases, Cases with jury verdicts or settlements.

Ravel Law

State Court Systems

Each state court search engine is different.  You may begin your search by locating the website for the appropriate court.  It helps to have as much citation information for your case as possible.  Docket number and party names are key to finding documents related to your case.

Supreme Court

Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Cases