Federal court records and briefs research can be time-intensive and potentially intimidating for a newer attorney. When a
lawsuit drags on for years in federal court, a huge paper trail is created that
can make effective research in dockets even more complicated. For law students,
dockets can also be intimidating because of the variety of filings to sort
through. However, federal docket sheets and court filings are important
research tools for UNC Law students and faculty, as they provide insight
into legal strategy and procedure at both federal trial and appellate levels.
Bloomberg Law continues to strengthen its federal dockets
research capabilities with one of its newer tools, Docket Key. The new tool “identifies
and classifies entries on a docket sheet,” and its chief purpose is to make
locating specific types of filings easier and more efficient. Bloomberg Law's Advanced Dockets search allows you to filter your searches using Docket Key, but be aware that this is only an option for certain jurisdictions. If you have chosen a jurisdiction not yet included in Docket Key, this option will not be available:
An image of Bloomberg Law's Docket Key in the Advanced Search feature.
Users run a keyword search based on their legal issue
of interest, and Docket Key identifies specific types of legal filings that are
related to that keyword search, including motions, complaints, notices, briefs, and
orders. The service currently only extends to 15 of the largest federal district courts, including courts in California, Florida, New York, and Texas. For UNC Law students and faculty, Docket Key is one option for quickly
accessing major filings in law suits or criminal proceedings related to your
If you would like to read Bloomberg Law's full announcement for this new service, check out this link.
Posted by Melissa M. Hyland on Wed. November 14, 2018 11:52 AM