Casemaker Weekly – November 28th, 2018

by Alexa Drago on November 28, 2018

We hope you had a great holiday weekend. This week we are back with tips about radio buttons, related federal, and more.  Let’s get started!

Dialing in your search with the Radio Buttons

Below the search bar, you will see a number of radio buttons you can use to select the type of search you are doing. The system will default to a keyword search. If you are searching for a case and know the citation then select the citation option. If you only have the name of one of the parties, the party button is the option you want. If you are typing in a statute cite then make sure to select section. Finally, if you are looking for an unpublished or slip opinion you can select docket number to search using that information.

Getting Help Using Casemaker

Sometimes you just need a little help! Casemaker offers plenty of options to get you going. At any time you can click on the Help link in the upper right corner of Casemaker to find these options. Support is available between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, Monday- Friday. If you would like to speak with a Customer Support representative simply call 1-877-659-0801. You can email for assistance at support@casemakerlegal.com. Casemaker offers a live chat service during support hours as well by clicking on the Live Chat link in the upper right corner of Casemaker. Free webinar training is offered regularly as well. To sign up click on the webinar link in the upper right-hand corner of Casemaker. Training webinars are free and you can take them as often as you like. You can also find a user guide by clicking on the Help link in Casemaker if you prefer to learn at your own pace.

Related Federal

You can select a jurisdiction or any combination of jurisdictions to search by clicking the Jurisdiction menu. This is located in the box located between the search box and the blue search button. There is a blue downward pointing arrow in the right side of this box. Clicking on this arrow will pull up the pop-up menu and from here you can check as many or as few boxes as you need.

At the top of the list of states in the Jurisdiction menu, you will notice a checkbox for Related Federal. This tells Casemaker to not only pull cases for the state you selected, but also for the Federal District and Circuit courts related to that state. So if you select Virginia and also select Related Federal you will get not only Virginia state level cases but also the Eastern and Western District of Virginia court cases as well as cases in the Fourth Circuit. This means you will get cases from other states in your circuit as well, in the case of our example – Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia cases would also be included. However, this would again only be cases in your circuit, not any outside of it.

That is all for this week! We will back with more tips and tricks next week. Thanks again for making Casemaker a Valued Member Benefit.

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