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.
The most frequently used function of Casemaker for most users is searching by citation. From the home page, you can simply type your citation in. You do not have to worry about being too picky if you use the wrong spacing, punctuation, or capitalization; Casemaker will automatically correct that for you. You do however need to make sure you are using only the reporter citation and the proper abbreviation. Casemaker goes by the Blue Book citation guidelines if you have any questions regarding abbreviations. For example, with Kearns v. Ford Motor Co., 567 F.3d 1120 (9th Cir. 2009), all you would put in the search bar is 567 F.3d 1120. Be sure you select the correct jurisdiction, however, you will not be able to pull up a New Hampshire Superior Court case when searching in US Court of Appeals!
Sometimes a particular citation brings up more than one result, and there is a very good reason for this. The other case shares a page with the case you were searching for. For example, your case may end on page 104 and another case begins on the same page of the reporter. This means even if you are typing in a pin cite, you will still be able to locate the case you are looking for.
While the Jurisdiction menu will aid you to narrow your search to Circuit court cases, it will not allow you to narrow to a specific circuit. However, that option is still available! Once you perform your search, click to view all the case results. You can also click on the Cases link on the left. Either option will pull up your results list and a menu on the left side. This left side menu gives you the option to narrow your results by a variety of different ways. For example, you could use the Jurisdiction option to narrow to check the box for Circuit. Note you may have to click a link at the bottom of the category to get all your options. Next, you can the United States Court of Appeals you wish by checking off the appropriate box. Now your results should be narrowed to the Circuit court you prefer
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.
Tree View is available in all libraries. Unlike list view, tree view opens an expanding hierarchy on the left side of the screen. This allows you to expand and collapse levels of information to locate what you are looking for.
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!
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.
Casemaker Libra is an online, searchable library of treatises, practice guides, coursebooks, deskbooks, and continuing legal education (CLE) materials collected from professional associations and other sources (collectively referred to as “publishers”), and linked directly to our Casemaker research system. Now as you search our primary law collections on Casemaker, you may access secondary materials related to your search as well.
Access to Casemaker Libra is by annual subscription. (No physical, print publications will be delivered.) The following subscription options are available:
The “All-Publications” collection containing all material in a particular publisher’s library
Practice area-specific collections within a publisher’s library
An individual publication in a publisher’s collection
A subscription to an “All-Publications” collection includes online access to all supplements, new editions, new titles, and selected CLE course materials released by a publisher during the term of the subscription. A practice area subscription includes online access to the aforementioned materials pertaining to that practice area released by a publisher during the term of the subscription.
All books and materials have been enhanced with links to Casemaker to official citations for cases, statutes, acts, administrative codes, etc. Full-text searching is available across Casemaker databases and all publications included in your Casemaker Libra subscription.
Users without access to Casemaker via a bar membership or private subscription will still be able to view the Casemaker document associated with a linked citation in Libra. In other words, you need not be a Casemaker user to be a Libra user and still access citation links to Casemaker. Casemaker users, however, have the following advantages:
leased books are made available in Casemaker via the ‘My Libra Books’ page
searches on Casemaker include results from your leased books as well as all Libra books
citation links from Libra to Casemaker result in full access to all Casemaker features (non-Casemaker users can only view the single document requested)
Sometimes you may find you cannot see the entire Casemaker screen. This could be due to your screen resolution, monitor or other factors. The quick and easy way to see your entire Casemaker screen is to hold down the CRTL key and hit the hyphen or minus key. Each time you hit the hyphen key while holding down the CTRL key your screen will “zoom out” – allowing you to see more of the Casemaker interface. If you want to zoom back in simply hold down CRTL and hit the plus key. This works in any browser and it works on sites other than Casemaker!