New look and features for our
redesigned website and online database will
go "live" within the next few weeks. This
update will introduce you to the new look
and some of the new features that have been added.
You can preview the changes by clicking this
or pasting the address into your
Comments are welcome.
First of all,
the home page has been re-designed, with
cleaner, drop-down menus and
simple direct access to the database
through the login at the upper right.
New Menu bar
and Search menu
Your menu bar now has
three options: New Search, Review My
Searches, and Search tips/Help.
More about the
"Review My Searches" tab in a future issue.
Name Search features
Below the menu bar,
you'll see a new four-tab search menu below
the Court PC banner. The Party Name search
appears as the default search type.
The search frame defaults to a search for an
individual name. Select "Business or
Organization" from the "Search for..."
pull-down list and the correct field in
which to enter business name searches will
Help topics specific
to each search field can be accessed by clicking the question
A full page of all help topics and tips on
the best way to formulate your searches can
be found at the Search Tips/Help tab.
The new party name search form allows
you to filter out the oldest results by
ten-year periods. In effect, you can
now run a search for the period
2000-present, 1990-present, or for all years
in the database. You're also now able
records by case status (i.e., both open and
closed cases, judgments
only or closed cases only). And you
can also filter records
by party type (both plaintiff and defendant,
plaintiff only or defendant only).
Search fees for party name searches are
unchanged, and as before, there are no
charges for viewing unlimited case details.
Case details now also include all available
docket information from the Court PC
archived data. More about that in the
We've also added an "Export to TXT"
function for the CV/FA party name search
results which will make it easier for
you to cut and paste the information
into your chosen format. A
separate export function for your CR/MV
search results allows you to export the entire
list of matching CR/MV records as a
table to an Excel worksheet.
by Multiple Criteria
Click on the Search by Multiple Criteria
tab and you'll see the following menu of
search options. This search tool
allows users to search for cases, not
parties, using at least two and up to
five different criteria. No such
search is available through the CT
Judicial Branch website.
For example, to conduct a
search for all medical malpractice
cases pending in the Danbury JD.
Danbury JD for the location from
the "Location(s)" pull-down
down the "CV/FA case types" box
to the T28 code and highlight
that. Your selection may
be categorical (all "C"
or contract actions) or by a
case type (e.g., "C20" or Insurance
Contracts). All case
types are listed and more than
one case type can be selected.
highlight "All open or pending
cases only" from the drop-down
list in the "Case Outcome" box.
A number of possible case
outcomes are also listed, e.g.
summary judgments, withdrawals
only, verdicts, all
arbitrary start date (1/1/1990
will do for pending case
searches) and enter today's date
as the end date. Press
be displayed as in the table below.
You can access appearance
and docket details
for each case by clicking on any
docket number. Results may be
sorted by clicking on any of the
following four columns:
location/docket; disposition date;
disposition; or return date. This search
feature gives you an option to
"Export to Excel" for easy importing
of the results into an Excel worksheet
(once there, you'll only need to adjust column
widths to display all columns
Up to 2000 matching records will be
displayed for any multiple criteria
charge for performing a Search by
Multiple Criteria type of search is
$25. There is no charge for
viewing any case detail record.
In a few weeks,
I'll follow up with another newsletter
discussing the Search by Juris
Number tab, the Search by Docket
Number tab, and the improved "Review
My Searches" feature.
contact: John Lach, Court PC of
mail to: P
O Box 951, Philmont, NY 12565