Lexis CourtLink offers access to federal and state dockets. Courtlink allows for keyword searching across dockets and documents. Results can then be filtered by date, litigation area, geography, court, and more. The search terms are run across the docket sheets and the underlying court documents in all available federal and state courts covered in CourtLink (Please see the "Coverage" section to obtain coverage information.).
Since state coverage varies dramatically among BLAW, Lexis CourtLink, and Westlaw, and none of the databases provides comprehensive access to federal or state dockets, it is important to review each database's coverage when looking for a docket.
Access to Lexis and CourtLink is limited to the Stanford Law School community and requires personal, custom usernames and passwords from each, individual user. If you need assistance setting up a Lexis account, then please stop by or contact the Reference Desk at (650) 725-0800 or email@example.com.
Step 1: Navigate to Lexis Courtlink
Step 2: After navigating to CourtLink, you can choose the scope of the search and jurisdiction.
Under the dropdown menus for "Search for" and "Within" there are additional search fields. The keyword search field is always available, and other filters may be available depending upon what you chose in the dropdown menus.
Note: Filling out the filters and search fields with any information available is highly advised. Docket searches can cover a very wide field, and keyword searches without additional filters will likely yield many extraneous results.
The docket number is the most useful field to use, if you have a docket number available. Please review the Courtlink Federal and State Docket format webpage to identify how to format your docket number for your search. This information is also saved as a PDF in the "Further Reading” section.
Step 3: Review your results
Step 4: Update the docket
Step 5: View available docket entries
Tracking is available in Lexis Courtlink. Click the bell icon at the top of a docket sheet to pull up the tracking options:
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