The Advanced Search
In the left sidebar on the home page is the Advanced Search link. Clicking this link will allow you to type in specific search information in a combination of your choosing, including citation case name docket number court attorney judge panel and date range. When using the advanced search link you will still use the jurisdiction drop down menu to pick your search area first. Then you can use the link to enter your specific information.
Searching for Statutes
Perhaps you want to search for a statute and you already know the statute number. You could, of course, choose to browse to the statute. To do so you would click on the state, statutes, title, the chapter, and finally, the section number to get to it. You also could search from the homepage. Simply type in the statute number, and make sure to set the jurisdiction to the state the statute is in. Then choose the Section radio button from below the search bar. Then click the blue search button. The statute will come right up. Note: Selecting the Section radio button is important. Casemaker defaults to a keyword search setting. So while the statute you are looking for may appear, so will any other documents that may contain that particular string of numbers.
Accessing Casemaker - A Valued Member Benefit!
Casemaker is provided to you as a benefit of your bar association membership. You get case law, statutes, rules, regulations and more for all fifty state and federal jurisdictions. To access Casemaker, simply log in to the bar website and click on the Casemaker link in the member’s area. You will be automatically transferred into Casemaker from the bar. Remember to access Casemaker you must go through the bar's website every time. To save time, bookmark the bar’s website! Once you are Casemaker you can register for free webinar training by clicking the Webinar link in the upper right of the Casemaker screen.
What do I need to use Casemaker?
Casemaker supports the most up to date versions of Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome browsers. Casemaker also recommends users obtain the most up to date versions of Flash and Acrobat Reader to utilize the Copy With Citation function and to read PDF documents. Just a reminder, to access Casemaker you must always log in to your bar association website and click on the Casemaker link.
Clicking on My Settings from the homepage allows you to customize Casemaker in several ways. You can set the primary email you would like to send cases to. You can set the default jurisdiction for your searches. You can also set preferred document types and page formatting as well. In addition, you can set the preferred sort method of your results from this page if you wish.
Tracking a Client
Casemaker offers you tools to help you track the work you do such as the Client Tracking tool. Click on Client in the upper right of Casemaker. From here you can add or select a client to use. Once a client is selected, Casemaker will track and log any research you do in the system. When you sign out of Casemaker using the Sign Out link in the upper right, you will be given a report of the hours you spent researching for that client.
There are times you need to know if any cases mention a particular statute. Casemaker can help! To see cases which reference a particular statute – pull up the statute in question to read the content. You will notice a bar running along the top of the statute. In that bar is a tab labeled Annotator. Clicking on this link will pull up any cases that cite the statute you are viewing.
Using proximity search.
If you type in the word tax and the word annuity in the search bar Casemaker will pull up every document that has the word tax and the word annuity in it. Sadly that may not be what you are looking for. Proximity searches are great for getting closer to the issue. When using Casemaker w/ means “within” so w/5 would mean within five words. So for example, if you wanted to find cases where the word tax was mentioned near the word annuity you could enter tax w/5 annuity. If you wanted to find tax mentioned a bit further from annuity you could try tax w/25 annuity.
Changing Font Size
You have the ability to increase the font with just one click. When you are viewing a document in Casemaker you can click on the button labeled Aa in the gray bar above the document content. By clicking on this button the text size gets significantly larger. Click it again and it returns to standard size.
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