Search Cases By Docket Number

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Suppose you want to find a particular case, but you DO NOT have the citation and you only have the docket number. Use the following search method. [BEWARE! This search method should be used only if you know the exact Docket Number. Otherwise, use another search method.]

Suppose you want to find the case with Court of Appeal Docket Number A051052.
Here's how:

  1. Type the docket number A051052 in the appropriate box.



  2. All databases are selected by default. If you do not know what database your case is in you can search all four databases. All four databases, 2d Series, 3d Series, 4th Series and Daily Opinions, will remain highlighted.
  3. If you know what database your case is in and you would like to search only that one database, click on the database you want to search. Only this database will remain highlighted.
  4. Suppose we do not know what database case A051052 is in.
  5. If you DO NOT know the Docket Number of your case, DO NOT use this search method. Use another search method such as Citation Search (if you know the citation), Advanced Search or Natural Language Search.
  6. Click on "Find It!"
  7. A new screen with your Search Results will appear.



  8. To see the results of your search, click on Click Here to View Results.
  9. The results of your search will appear in two frames. On the left is a Table of Contents with the docket number of your case.
  10. In the right frame is the case.
  11. To view the case in full screen, click on the Document icon in the bottom frame.
  12. To view the citation in full screen, click on the Contents icon in the bottom frame.
  13. If you want to retrieve a California case cited within the case you are reading, place your cursor directly on the citation of the case you want to view. The case cited will appear.
  14. To return to the original case simply place the cursor on the Back arrow on your browser's toolbar, and you will return to your original case. [Note: This option works only for California cases and U.S. Supreme Court cases.]
  15. For printing instructions, click here.
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