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Dockets and Court Filings Research

Accessing Federal Dockets and Court Filings at BC Law

  • Access: requires password; all BC Law students can register for Bloomberg Law passwords using their BC email addresses
  • Coverage: varies by jurisdiction; from left-hand navigation menu, click into the Litigation Intelligence Center and use the "Docket Coverage" link for specific coverage information
  • Filings: if a filing is immediately available, it will say "View." Click to open. If it says "Request," you can request the document (we do not incur a fee). If the document is not available electronically, you'll get a message saying that a courier is necessary. This has to be approved and requested by a reference librarian. 
  • Note: be sure to check currency information at the top of the docket; you can click on the "Update Docket" and it will refresh with current information. BC Law does not incur a charge for updating or tracking dockets.
  • Access: click on Dockets tab from main page. Choose the court of interest. 
  • Coverage: varies by court; typically 1997 for federal appeals court dockets and 2000 for district court dockets. Make use of information icon "i" for details
  • Filings: links to briefs and other filings will often be available under the Filings tab near the top of the screen. 
  • Note: be sure to check currency information at the top of the docket and update if necessary.