Narrow by Circuit

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 In Casemaker

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.

Signing Out

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!

The Graph Icon

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.

Trouble seeing all of Casemaker?

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!

How does Casemaker stay Current?

Our headquarters in Charlottesville, VA has ten editors with over 275 years of experience in legal publishing. Data for State and Federal acts are obtained daily. The Acts are analyzed by a state editor, classified and effective dates determined.  Then they are processed into the code which includes amendments, enactments, repeals and re-numberings.  The code is then published. Data is converted and delivered to the editorial team within 24 hours of receipt and the Acts are published in Casemaker within 24 hours of receipt.  Statutes are updated and published within 7 business days of receipt of the Acts.  This means statutes are kept up-to-date throughout sessions; statutes have added editorial value such as linked history lines, effective dates for all states, sections set out twice for postponed amendments, and retention of repeals in most states for historical reference; and materials are quality checked for completeness and accuracy.

Setting up Casemaker Digest

Wondering how to set up CasemakerDigest?

First, you will need to log into Casemaker, via the bar association’s website. Once on the Casemaker Homepage, you will see the Features tab in the blue navigation bar; you can click this tab and then click the link for CasemakerDigest to access the Digest system which will open in a new window.

On the CasemakerDigest page, you will see four icons in the top right section of the blue toolbar. One of these icons is for email; it looks like an envelope with the @ symbol on it. Click this icon.

The filters screen will open displaying your options. Here you can update or change current filters, delete filters you no longer want, and create new ones. For now, we will review adding a new filter.

To add a new filter, first, click the Add button. A new window will appear with filter and email options. First give your new filter a name in the top box. Then you can move on to set up what content you would like to receive.

You have a lot of options to choose from when setting up your CasemakerDigest content. You can set up your filters by:
Jurisdiction: This will also allow you select a jurisdiction including related Federal just like in Casemaker.
Court: This will narrow to a chosen court or courts.
Judge: This will give cases decided by a particular judge.
Category: Do you want Criminal or Civil? Both?
Practice Area: Here you can select the practice area that interests you.
Keyword: Looking for new cases that mention a particular word? Enter that word here.
Type: Published or Unpublished Opinions? Maybe both?
Keep in mind, you can also leave any of these options blank to get all the content in the category.

Next, you can set up the emails themselves.
Frequency: Daily or Weekly – How often do you want to get your emails?
Status: Inactive or Active – You can set your filter to Inactive or Active to tell the system if you want emails or not. Are you going to be out of the office a while? Do you want to run a filter only when you need it? Then set it to Inactive and no emails will be sent.
Schedule: This sends email summaries only during the dates you specify.

Finally, you can let CasemakerDigest know if you want any additional information in the Email Output Options.
For example, if there are no summaries you can decide to get an email telling you that, or you can opt out of that notification.
You can include information about the criteria of the filter you created if you would like. That criterion can appear at the top or bottom of the email you receive.
Informative statistics can be included if you wish, such as the number of summaries in the time frame of your emails. Again this information can appear at the top or bottom of the email.

After all of your selections have been made you can save your filter. Your filter now will be used to send an email of new cases on the schedule you specified.

You also can get an email manually at any time– simply click Run Now and CasemakerDigest will immediately send any emails that are relevant to your filter for the dates you selected.

These changes and new options are the first steps in a planned redesign of the CasemakerDigest system. We hope you find them helpful and we will keep you informed of more changes as they happen!