Searching Within a Single Case

The following video is a short tutorial about how to search docket sheets and documents:

How to Quickly Find a Document in a Docket Sheet

Most of the time, you'll just want to search the docket sheet to find a document by title. To do so, just click in the search bar and enter your search terms. You'll see that the non-matching docket sheet entries disappear, leaving only the matching docket sheet entries. The matching search terms will be highlighted.

To search for document titles containing two or more terms, simply type the terms into the search bar, separated by spaces. There is no need to place "AND" in between the terms. For example, if you type "motion judgement" into the search bar, you'll retrieve docket entries like "Motion for Summary Judgment."

Full-Text Search of Documents

DocketBird indexes every document it retrieves from PACER, so you can find anything in your documents with full-text searches. Note that DocketBird does not search documents that have not yet been retrieved from PACER (i.e., documents with orange docket numbers). Only documents with blue numbers next to them will be included in the full-text search.

Basic Full-Text Search

Basic full-text searching is simple. Just select the "Full Document Text" option underneath the search bar, and enter the terms you want to find.

By default, DocketBird will return only those documents that include all your search terms. For example, if you type "motion judgment" in the search bar, DocketBird will find documents that contain both of those terms. To change the default behavior, simply use the word "or" to separate your terms.

Searching is case-insensitive, so don't worry about capitalization.

Advanced Full-Text Search

DocketBird has advanced full-text search capabilities:

  • To search for prefixes, use an asterisk. For example, 'judg*' will return documents with 'judges' and 'judgement'.
  • To search for an exact phrase, use double quotation marks (e.g., "order is denied").
  • To exclude documents containing a certain term, use a "-" immediately before the term. (e.g., "-magistrate")
  • We also support proximity searches. For example, to find documents in which the terms "motion" and "granted" appear within 3 words of each other, you would search for "motion granted"~3.

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