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Print Reports:

Docket Search:


Case Records & Briefs (Digital):

Case Records & Briefs (Print, Microform):

Publication of Unpublished Opinions:

California Court Rules, Rule 8.1120 describes the procedure for requesting publication of unpublished opinions. California Rules of Court, Rule 8.1115(a) states: "an opinion of a California Court of Appeal or superior court appellate division that is not certified for publication or ordered published must not be cited or relied on by a court or a party in any other action. Rule 8.1115(b) states the exceptions to this rule. It states: "An unpublished opinion may be cited or relied on: (1) when the opinion is relevant under the doctrines of law of the case, res judicata, or collateral estoppel, or (2) when the opinion is relevant to a criminal or disciplinary action because it states reasons for a decision affecting the same defendant or respondent in another such action.


Research Guides:

More on Cases & Courts in General

Some state court dockets may be found in WestlawLexis (Research> Content Type > Dockets), and Bloomberg Law (within the state's Laws & Regulations page). National Center for State Courts offer links to public docket search engines for state and county courts when available. Also try searching for dockets on the court's web site.

Briefs and Trial Court Documents may be available in Westlaw for our patrons. CourtLink and  Briefs, Pleadings and Motions may be found in the Law Center's access to Lexis.

To locate state court materials not available within Westlaw, Lexis or Bloomberg Law, see Free and Fee-Based Appellate Court Briefs OnlineThe Sourcebook to Public Record Information : The Comprehensive Guide to County, State, & Federal Public Records Sources (2015) and A Union List of Appellate Court Records and Briefs: Federal and State (1999). Some state court materials may have to be obtained from the court's clerk office.

Some state appellate courts may make recordings of oral arguments and hearings available on their web sites.

Court rules may be found in Westlaw under Statutes & Court Rules and Lexis' Court Rules. In Bloomberg Law search for [state] court rules in the search box and select Browse TOC. Court rules may also be found within the court's web site.

Court statistics may be found on the court's web page, published in the court's administrative office annual reports.

Case Law Research Tutorial

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Created/updated: July 2019
Last reviewed: July 2019

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