Names must be entered in Last, first mi order. You can use ? (question mark) as a wildcard character for single characters. For example, searching for RICHARDS?N will find RICHARDSON and RICHARDSEN.
The single wildcard character (?) should be used when searching for names with apostrophes like O'Kelley. For example, searching for O?Kelley will find O'Kelley. The search engine will remove any single quotes entered in a search expression.
You can use * (asterisk) as a wildcard character for multiple characters. For example, searching for RICHARDS?N, MI* D will find RICHARDSON, MIKE D and RICHARDSEN, MICHAEL D.
Nearly all courts enter the names with LAST, FIRST M with a space between the comma and the FIRST name If you search for a name without that comma or space, the name you are searching for will not be found.
Most courts do not put a period after the middle initial. If you leave the period off of your search criteria, the name will be found anyway.
Searching for more than one name at a time is not supported on this site.
Suffixes like JR, SR or III are generally entered in the following manner: JONES SR, BOB. The surest method of finding this person is to search for JONES*BOB.
If you know the case number for a case, it is generally best to not enter a name in the name field. When you use a name and a case number for searches, the case will only be found if you enter the name exactly as it is recorded in the case.
If you are searching for a corporation or partnership, it is most likely that you will find the cases for that entity by using the wildcard characters. For instance, if you were searching for M.J. OIL AND GAS, you might search for M*J*OIL*GAS and locate both M-J OIL AND GAS and M.J. OIL & GAS. Unfortunately, there may not be consistency in how the corporate names are described on documents in different courts. Be aware that the searches will be slower when more wildcard characters are used and if your search is too general, the server may timeout before it returns your search results. If this happens, try increasing the number of characters, especially in front of the first wildcard character and trying again.
We've linked all the case types in our system to the casetypes defined by the OCIS. This means that you can search for a type of case and be able to pull up all records with that type, even if you don't know the case number.
To search by case number, you must enter a case type and a case year. The number does not have to be entered with the leading zeroes. If you search for a case number that has suffixed cases and you omit the suffix in the case number field, the suffixed cases will be found. If you search with a number and provide the suffix, only that case that matches the suffix will be found.
You may search by Case Type and Case Year and leave the Case Number field blank if you search for cases from one court only.
To search for cases filed with in a specified date range use these fields.
The dates should be entered in mm/dd/yy or mm/dd/yyyy format. If you specify a start date, but not an end date, the end date will default to the current date.
The date range you can search on is limited based on the other criteria you enter.
If you enter only the court, it is limited to one month.
If you enter only the casetype, it is limited to one year.
If you enter only the date range, it is limited to one week.
Most of us are used to using a mouse to navigate through web pages and forget that it is also possible to use the keyboard and often it is more efficient to use the keyboard when you have to enter text data. Here are some keyboard shortcuts that will allow you to navigate through our web page (and others as well).
Backspace - when on a text entry field (like Name or Case Number) will erase the last character entered; when on any other field on the screen, will load the previous page. It is actually faster to return to the previous screen than to reload the main search screen.
Tab and Shift+Tab - these keys can be used to move between all of the fields and buttons on the search screen. Tab moves forward and Shift+Tab moves backwards.
Up and Down Arrows - when on a list box field (one with a small down arrow at the right side), the up and down arrow keys can be sued to scroll through the items in that lookup list without displaying the entire list. Often this is faster if your item is near the top of the list.
When the cursor is on a lookup list, typing the first letter of the selection you want will load the closest match. Using this capability in conjunction with the up and down arrows can be a time saver.