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You rely on court dockets, complaints and other vital court records to fuel your legal strategy. That’s why having Lexis® CourtLink supplying docket coverage data can be a powerful asset for your law firm.
Put simply, Lexis CourtLink plugs you into the industry’s largest collection of dockets and documents—millions of them, with thousands more added each week.*
CourtLink's powerful court recorsd search helps you comb through a wide range of court dockets and documents, from federal to circuit courts, to probate and small claims. You can search by litigant, attorney, judge, and more or search a specific court by docket number.
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Better still, you can track an existing docket to keep tabs on a case as it progresses through the court schedule. That way, you can monitor your caseload and know when something new has been filed that may impact your client.
You can receive alerts for new cases daily giving you a head start in preparing your clients for incoming litigation. Lexis CourtLink also allows you to easily share the news as well to ensure you’re able to keep your clients informed.
Many attorneys rely on PACER, Public Access to Court Electronic Records, for federal dockets. While this certainly can be a cost-effective solution, there is a significant gap in coverage that you should be aware of when you compare the two.
CourtLink provides full-docket coverage of well over 1,000 state courts. PACER doesn’t offer any state coverage.*
Missing that valuable state court coverage is a pretty big deal when you want to perform thorough legal research. You don’t have to worry about that when using CourtLink.
But that coverage is only one of the benefits that CourtLink offers—CourtLink can be used to analyze the profiles for litigants, opposing counsel, judges, natures of suit and courts with Strategic Profiles.
CourtLink is more than just dockets. It also includes a large database of court documents. with the ability to search through millions of these documents, you can easily find a suitable template for your own drafting needs.
CourtLink's Nature of Suit alerts also work as a prospecting tool. With notifications of all new cases filed in your jurisdiction on a specific topic, you can see which parties are represented, and who may need an attorney. Consult your state Rules of Professional Conduct for rules on contacting prospective clients.
CourtLink is an essential tool for litigators that can streamline your research process. With an intuitive search across state and federal courts, alerts, and tracks you can easily manage your caseload and stay on top of any changes in your cases. Ready to see how CourtLink can benefit your firm? Learn more with a free webinar or sign up for a free trial today!
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*Comparison data based on information available as of March 2023 and includes only courts online and actively updated within the prior 12 months.†Comparison data based on information available as of March 2023.