Overview

Search Cap

With this tool, we aim to provide a simple interface for locating and viewing the cases and metadata in the CAP repository. Right now, this tool is fairly basic. You can use it to search through our cases and some of our metadata tables, but there are no advanced tools. If you have any feature suggestions, we'd appreciate your taking the time to let us know either in an issue report in our Github repo, or through our [contact page[(//case.law/contact/). If you're a developer, you might be more interested in directly accessing our API Bulk Data.

What's included?

The CAP search tool searches everything included in the API. See our About page for more details on the materials included.

Searching in CAP is simple

  • First: Choose What To Search
  • Second: Select Your Search Criteria
  • Third: Execute the Search

First: Choose What To Search

The search tool allows you to search through several different tables of objects; right now, you may search cases, courts, jurisdictions, and reporters. When you first arrive at the search page, it is set to search cases. To search for something else, click on Cases and select something else from the dropdown menu. By default, the search tool is set to search for Cases. To search for something else, click on "Cases" and select something from the dropdown menu.

For example, you may want to search our jurisdiction list. At the top of the search form where it says "Search for Cases" (or whatever else it might be set to) you should click on the word "Cases" and select something else from the dropdown menu.

Second: Select Your Search Criteria

Within each table of objects, there are several fields you can use to define your search. You could search for cases by their citation or by full-text search, and you can search for reporters by their jurisdiction. You can even precisely refine your search by using several fields at once. To add a field to your search, simply click the Add Field button, select the field you wish to add from the dropdown, add your search criteria, and press the search button.

For example, if you were searching our Reporters, the default search field is Jurisdiction. Perhaps you'd like to search for reporters' names that start with a specific word: Press the Add Field button, and from the dropdown box, and select Full Name. There is no need to remove any field boxes you don't plan on entering search terms into— they will not affect the search results— but it certainly might make complex searches easier to manage, visually.

Third: Execute the Search

Here's the easy part— just click on the Search button. The loading screen should pop up momentarily, and your search results should appear below. If there was a problem contacting the search server, or the server returned an error with one of your search fields, it appears on-screen.

Tips

  • You may use as many search field boxes as you like.
  • For Full-Text searching (currently only available in Cases) each separate word is treated as a separate search term bound with a logical "and." We don't yet offer phrase searching but plan to implement it soon.
  • Results in metadata searches allow you to efficiently perform a new search for all of the cases related to that result. For example, if you're searching our jurisdiction list, each result on that list has a "See Cases" button that starts a new search for all of the cases under the specified jurisdiction. Don't worry— you can get back to your original search using the back button.
  • You may use as many search field boxes as you like.
  • To share a search, simply copy the URL and pass it along! It will link the user to the specific page of results you're viewing. To send them to the first page of results, navigate to the first page of results before copying the URL.

Our caselaw search tool is not kept up to date. It currently has caselaw through mid-2018, but may contain many mistakes as well. It is not intended for use in legal proceedings, and we cannot provide individual assistance with legal research.

To find an attorney, get help with legal research skills, or find up-to-date databases for use in legal proceedings, please see the Getting Legal Help section of our About page.