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Dockets, Court Documents, Transcripts, and Recordings

Accessing Dockets and Court Documents From A Case on Lexis

If you have a citation to a case, access the case on Lexis and then check the sidebar for a heading labeled Related Court Materials with links beneath it to any related dockets, briefs, and other court documents.

For example, to access the dockets and court filings for Medellin v. Texas, 552 U.S. 491 (2008), type 552 U.S. 491 in the main Lexis search bar and hit enter. Then, check the sidebar for a Related Court Materials heading with a link underneath it to briefs filed in the case.

Searching Dockets and Court Documents on Lexis

On Lexis, if you do not have a citation to a case, you must separately search dockets and briefs, pleadings, and motions:

For each type of source, click the Advanced Search link above the search bar for a customized search form. For example:

  • Advanced Search: Dockets lets you search by docket number, judge, litigant(s), and attorney, counsel, or firm.
  • Advanced Search: Briefs, Pleadings and Motions lets you search by Title (i.e. litigant's name)

When searching an individual litigant, judge, or attorney's name, place /3 between their first and last name to retrieve cases that use their middle name. You may also want to place quotes around law firm or company names to search for only that exact name.

Checking Currency of Dockets on Lexis

Lexis indicates how recently a docket was updated at the top of the docket, with the words "This case was retrieved on" followed by a date. Law school Lexis accounts do not allow you to update dockets.

Creating Alerts for New Briefs, Pleadings, and Motions on Lexis

  • To receive an email notification every time a new brief, pleading, or motion is filed by an attorney or party or on a topic, create a custom Briefs, Pleadings, and Motions search and then click the Create an alert icon at the top of the screen.
  • Law school Lexis accounts do not allow you to track dockets or receive email alerts about new dockets.