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Research Refresher: Dockets

Guide to refresh your research skills before a summer job or attorney position.


screenshot of the free access iconDockets are a chronological record of what has happened in a court case. Dockets also contain information about the parties and the attorneys representing the parties. Modern docketing systems often contain links to the court documents filed in the case; some are free and some are behind a paywall. 

To locate federal docket information, the best place to start is on Bloomberg Law. More information about accessing dockets on Bloomberg is available on our research guide

To locate Oregon docket information, start at the Oregon Judicial Department's website. This site provides free access to court calendars and basic case information for the Oregon circuit courts and the Oregon Tax Court; it does not provide access to the court documents. Court documents are available through a subscription-based service called OJCIN Online. If you do not have access to OJCIN Online, you can visit the court for access to the records, or contact the court directly. 

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