Several options are available when searching the opinions database. A text search may be limited to a specific date range. Text searches are also available by category: All Opinions and Orders is a search of the entire database, including unpublished opinions; Published Only limits the search to opinions and orders published in the Federal Reporter; and Orders Only limits the search to orders that are the functional equivalent of opinions. In additional to Natural Language, Menu-Assisted and Advanced queries are also available.
Case Number, Name or Date Search
Opinions issued by the court from 1996 to date can be searched by lead docket number or last name of a lead party. Orders that are the functional equivalent of opinions are also included in the search. In consolidated cases, opinions and orders are posted under the lead case number.