Justia, a relatively new legal portal, is quickly becoming an indispensable research tool. Created by FindLaw founder, Tim Stanley, Justia offers a multitude of resources, including:
One of the most useful things about Justia, though, is that several of its resources, including U.S. Regulations Tracker
and U.S. Federal Case Filings
, offer RSS feeds of search results so that users can be alerted to future, on-point content.
Regulations Tracker allows you to search, browse, and track Federal Register documents. Not only is there a RSS feed for every agency, but you can customize them by type of document or keyword.
U.S. Federal Case Filings is a database of federal district court civil cases back to 2004. You can browse by browse by state and/or type of lawsuit or view all recent cases. Search by party name, jurisdiction, type of lawsuit, and within a given date range.
Search results contain the party names, jurisdiction, date, docket number, and in some cases full-text opinions, orders, and complete filings. Cases for which opinions and orders and available have a gavel icon. Cases for with complete filings are noted with a star icon. Links to blog, news and web searches for each party name are also available.
For each case, Justia offers a link to a fee based service called PACER
in which many full-text filings are available. Contact Bonnie Shucha
, Head of Reference, for more information about obtaining filings from PACER.
As mentioned above, RSS feeds are available for U.S. Federal Case Filings search results. Feeds can be created for a specific party name, legal practice area, jurisdiction, or any combination of the above.
For assistance using Justia, or if you have any questions about your legal research, please contact a reference librarian
. We're available in person, by IM, email or phone
- and we're always glad to help!
Submitted by Bonnie Shucha on October 3, 2007
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