Legal research support service providers have to constantly look for information and have to locate legal dockets on the web. Therefore these researchers who work for various onshore and offshore legal research supports service providers must have access to docket resources from both portals and databases. While a docket portal is helpful for legal researchers to get to case dockets from any location, searching legal databases with advanced search function is used to look for data collected from different jurisdictions.
Docket information provided by the different states varies according to jurisdiction. The federal judiciary’s case management system CM/ECF is provided by the Pacer Service Center website http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/ . The Pacer Service Center registration, billing and support for electronic access to all the US district, bankruptcy and appellate court records. Benefits of the CM/ECF are,
- Electronic filing of pleadings
- 24 hrs access to online documents
- Email notification of cases
- Access to direct court docs
- Simultaneous access to files possible
- Report generation
Dockets may contain details of fees paid, motion information, images, entries by staff, disposition and the like. However it is easier and better to do research with the fee based portals that has more detailed information. These services are usually available for a nominal annual or monthly subscription fee. Legal researchers will find it ideal to do research using both the portal as well as the database sources.
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