Casemaker and Cosmolex
Did you know Cosmolex, a leading cloud-based, law practice management software provider, is integrated with Casemaker to allow you to easily track and bill your research time? As part of this partnership, you can create a free trial with Cosmolex or attach your existing account to your Casemaker account. To get started simply click any of the Cosmolex links in Casemaker. After you click any of the Cosmolex links you will be shown a new screen with two options. To link an existing account, simply click the “Link my existing Cosmolex Account” button. You will be asked to log into CosmoLex and allow Casemaker to report time and information. Don’t have a Cosmolex account? You can get started with a free trial by clicking the “Start my free Cosmolex Trial” button.
Using a Pin Cite
Have a pin cite? No worries, Casemaker knows what to do. Enter the pin cite in the search bar and Casemaker will pull up the case that particular page is located in. Simple and easy!
You can select a jurisdiction or any combination of jurisdictions to search by clicking the Jurisdiction menu. This is located in the box located between the search box and the blue search button. There is a blue downward pointing arrow in the right side of this box. Clicking on this arrow will pull up the pop-up menu and from here you can check as many or as few boxes as you need.
At the top of the list of states in the Jurisdiction menu, you will notice a check box for Related Federal. This tells Casemaker to not only pull cases for the state you selected, but also for the Federal District and Circuit courts related to that state. So if you select Virginia and also select Related Federal you will get not only Virginia state level cases but also the Eastern and Western District of Virginia court cases as well as cases in the Fourth Circuit. This means you will get cases from other states in your circuit as well, in the case of our example – Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia cases would also be included. However, this would again only be cases in your circuit, not any outside of it.
Finding a Case by Docket Number
Sometimes a case is so new you may not have a citation. Perhaps you want to reference an unpublished opinion that does not have a state or regional reporter citation. If you have the docket number you can still find the case. Under the search bar on the homepage, you will see words with circles next to them. These circles are called radio buttons. The options you will see are Keyword, Citation, Party, Section, and finally Docket No. Make sure you have selected the correct jurisdiction from the jurisdiction menu drop down to the right of the search bar (it is the box with the downward pointing blue arrow); then select the radio button next to Docket No. Enter the docket number of your case and hit the blue search button. You should be able to pull up the case you are looking for.
Browsing Statutes In Casemaker
Browsing statutes is another great way to research your issue. At times, you may not know the exact citation for the statute that is relevant to your issue. On other occasions, you may want to see the surrounding statutes as well. Instead of searching, we can browse the statutes.
Start by clicking on the jurisdiction you wish to view from the list of states on the homepage. Then click on Statutes. From there you can drill down in the Statute library to find what you need. Clicking on Titles, then on Subtitles, then Chapters and so on. There is a trail at the top of each page indicating what level of the hierarchy you are on. This can help you get your bearings in complicated statutes titles with many layers.
Clicking on the links that have [Combined] at the end will lead you to pages where the entire chapter or section is on one page – saving you the time of clicking between the contained portions of code.
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Excluding Terms with a NOT search
Are your results giving you a bunch of cases that are not relevant but still contain your terms? Do those irrelevant cases all seem to have a term in common? Maybe you should try excluding a term. For example, maybe you want documents that mention property but not commercial property. In the search bar, you can enter property NOT commercial and Casemaker will give you cases that mention property that do not contain the word commercial.
Printing in Casemaker
While viewing a document in Casemaker, you will notice a set of icons on the far right in the dark gray toolbar. These icons allow you to print, email, save to a folder, and download. Let’s discuss Print.
After clicking the icon for Print, you can choose the document format you are printing to. You can also choose if you would like to print the case in single or dual column layout. You can include highlighting for the terms you searched for, print the citing references, as well as the negative treatment if you have Case Check + access. Here you can attach your notes as well as a cover page. Once you are done you can click the blue Print button and the system will give you document to print out in the format you selected.
Administrative Code Archives
Did you know you can find Administrative Codes in the Casemaker archives? To find these codes, visit the Casemaker home page by clicking on Home in the upper right or the Casemaker logo in the upper left. Now you should see the list of states. Above that list of states is a blue bar with a tab for Archive. Next click on Administrative Code then on the state you wish to view.
While it is great to get that green thumbs up or red thumbs down from Casecheck+ to tell you if a case has been treated negatively in subsequent cases - it is also nice just to have a list of what actually cited the case you are reading. This is where Citing References comes in. When you are reading a case, you will notice in the bar above the case a link for Citing References. This will provide you with a list of cases that have cited this case. Links to these cases are included and will take you directly to the portion where the case you are researching is involved. When you pull up the list of Citing References you can narrow the results by keyword or jurisdiction using the menu on the left as well.
Legal Materials from over 100 countries!
Casemaker has partnered with premier global legal intelligence provider vLex to give our users access to primary & secondary legal materials from over 100 countries, directly via the Casemaker platform.
To launch this partnership vLex is giving Casemaker users FREE UNLIMITED ACCESS to their Global Platform from April 17th through April 19th. Attached is a document you may want to share with your members.
Casemaker users are invited to explore:
After the free trial Casemaker users will have three options for access to the vLex global platform depending on their needs:
vLex is a leading online global legal research platform with federal and state case law and legislation from 100+ countries, editorial content with daily analysis from 900+ collaborating publishers, all accessible in real time on our smart-search platform leveraged by machine learning.
vLex is the exclusive distributor for William S. Hein & Justis Publishing throughout Europe, Latin America & Puerto Rico.
With headquarters in Barcelona and Miami, vLex has offices in Madrid, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Lima and Santiago de Chile with representation in cities across the globe.
Over 120 professionals from more than 20 nationalities from a multicultural team that powers vLex. Learn more about vLex here: http://us.vlex.com/.
Changing the Size on the Screen in Casemaker
When you are looking at a document in Casemaker you have the ability to increase the font with just one click. In the toolbar above the content of the document is a button with both a large and a small letter A (Aa). The first click on this will make the text size significantly larger, and with a second click, it returns to standard size.
Do you need more control or perhaps more than one step larger or smaller? You can zoom in or out on your Windows computer by holding down the CRTL key and hitting the + key (for larger) or the – key (for smaller). On a Mac computer, your key combination would be COMMAND and the + key (for larger) and COMMAND and the – key (for smaller).
The Graph Icon
After performing a search you will notice to the far right of any of the results in your results list is a graph icon. Clicking this icon will plot, on a line graph, the number of times the case has been cited over the years. Hovering over the dots provided will tell you how many times it was cited in that year specifically, and clicking on the dot will provide you with a listing of clickable links to those cases from that year.
Upon clicking our Sign Out link you will be logged out of the system and provided with a Session Summary. This is a listing of everything you did while logged in. Complete with a date and time stamp, and client labels. Of course, the searches and documents are stored in your history as well!
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