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What is iDocket.com?

Clerks of Court maintain court case information in state and county courthouses throughout the United States. Much of this information is available for personal inspection at the clerk's office where the records are stored. Now, on this website, iDocket.com brings the courthouse to you by making court case information available on the Internet.

This Help screen will give you assistance in retrieving and understanding information that is contained in the iDocket.com system. If, however, you need assistance understanding exactly what kind of information actually resides in the iDocket.com system, please close this window and click the iDocket.com FAQs button located on the iDocket.com home page.

If after reviewing information presented on this Help screen you still have some questions or comments about how to use iDocket.com, please feel free to contact iDocket.com Help Desk. (You may retrieve the information about our Help Desk by closing this window and clicking the Contact iDocket.com button located on the bottom of the home page or Contact iDocket.com link on the Services page.)

Who can view iDocket.com information?
You can! Anyone with access to the Internet can be our Guest and browse the information contained in iDocket. An iDocket.com Guest can search iDocket.com for people's (litigant's) names and an iDocket.com Guest can determine the Case Number for past or current court cases. An iDocket.com Guest who wishes to see detailed information about a court case, or an iDocket.com Guest who wishes to perform detailed analysis of the information contained in iDocket.com, may do so by becoming an iDocket.com subscriber. For more information about becoming an iDocket.com subscriber, close this window and select iDocket.com Services.

How do I use the iDocket.com system?
Please click on the word or words below that you wish to know more about. (You may resize this Help screen, relocate it on your screen or print it. This may allow you to view the Help document and the iDocket.com screens simultaneously.)

The iDocket.com Home Page

View Court Cases
Click this button on the iDocket.com home page and iDocket.com will allow you to search for, as well as examine, court case information. See Section I below for a description of this process.

View Court Calendars
Click this button on the iDocket.com home page and iDocket.com will allow you to view calendars for specific courts for specific days. See Section II below for a description of this process.


Section I. View Court Cases.

Search
Case History
Parties
Attorneys
Services

Search - Help
Terms


Search/All

Search by Name
State
County
Litigant

Display Case
State
County
Case Number

Advanced Search
State
County
Category
Case Type
Court
Litigant
Attorney
Filing Date
Disposition Date

Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I get no search results? Or, Why do I get too few search results?
How do I reduce the number of cases the search finds?
What if I do not know how to spell the name?


Search/All tab
This tab presents the three iDocket.com Search methods: Search by Name, Display Case and Advanced Search, which are described below. Click on the desired Search method.
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Search by Name

This search for specific State, County and Litigant, is available to all Internet users free of charge.

State
Select a state (Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, etc.) to search.
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County
Select a county within the above-selected state.
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Litigant
Enter the Litigant's last name and, if the Litigant's first name is known, a comma, a space and the first initial. (If you wish to limit your Litigant name search to a specific role—plaintiff or defendant—in a Case, click the appropriate button, otherwise click "Either".)
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Display Case

The iDocket search by specific Case Number is available to iDocket subscribers only.

Case Number
If you wish to limit your Case search to a specific Case, key in the Case/Cause number here.

Note: Case/Cause Numbers appear in different formats for different courts. Please check the list of counties below and key in the Case/Cause Number as shown in the example.

  • Bandera County, Texas - Case Number is in the format:  YY-NNNN   for example, 02-1234
  • Brooks County, Texas - for Case Number 95-01-12345-CV enter 95-01-12345
  • Cameron County, Texas - for Case Number 2001-05-2210-B enter 2001-05-002210
  • Montgomery County, Texas - for Case Number 97187 enter 97187 (Note: cases with no DPS Charge Code are NOT available on iDocket)
  • Navarro County, Texas - for Civil Case Number 95-01-12345-CV enter 95-01-12345; for Criminal Case Number 00-00-12345-CR enter 12345
  • Potter County, Texas - for Case Number 08,765-E enter 8765
  • Randall County, Texas - for civil Case Number 12345 A CIV enter 12345ACIV; for criminal Case Number 76543 A 1 CRI enter 76543A1CRI
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Advanced Search

The iDocket.com options listed below are available to iDocket.com subscribers only.

Category
iDocket allows subscribers to search for detailed case information in the following case Categories:

  • All Categories: search all of the categories listed below.
  • Civil: a case that is filed when there is a claim for personal injury damages, a dispute over money, promissory notes, or a claim of deceptive trade practices, etc.
  • Criminal: a case that is filed when a person is indicted by a grand jury or is otherwise officially charged with committing a criminal offense such as robbery, arson, murder, sexual assault, etc.
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Case Type
If you wish to limit your Case search to a specific Case Type, select a Case Type from the drop down list.
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Court
If you wish to limit your Case search to a specific Court, select a Court from the drop down list.
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Litigant
Search for a Specific Person
If you wish to find cases for a specific person, enter as much of the person's name as possible. To decrease the number of search results specify more search criteria, e.g. "John Smith" instead of "Smith";  to increase the number of search results specify fewer search options, e.g. "Smith" instead of  "John Smith". (If you are not sure of the spelling of the last name, click the Soundex box and iDocket.com will search for similarly spelled last names.)

Search for a Specific Company or Business
If you wish to find cases for a specific company or business, enter all or an exact portion of the company's name. For example, if you wish to search for "Acme Bail Bonds," enter as the Litigant name, the exact phrase you wish to find, such as one of the following: acme bail bonds, acme bail, bail bonds, bonds, acme, etc.

Plaintiff or Defendant?
If you wish to limit your Litigant name search to a specific role (plaintiff or defendant) in a Case, click the appropriate button, otherwise click "Either".
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Attorney
If you wish to limit your Case search to the name of a specific Attorney, enter the Attorney's last name and, if you know the Attorney's first name, a comma, a space and the first initial. If you do not know the first initial, you may enter just the Attorney's last name.

(If you are not sure of the spelling of the last name, click the Soundex box and iDocket will search for similarly spelled last names.)

(If you wish to limit your Attorney's name search to a specific role—plaintiff or defendant—in a Case, click the appropriate button, otherwise click "Either".)
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Filing Date
If you enter from-and-through Filing dates, iDocket.com will search only for cases that the Clerk filed during the specified date range. If you enter NO from-and-through Filing dates, the iDocket.com search process will disregard the case Filing date and base its case search, instead, on the other search parameters that you specify.

Date format: for May 9, 2010, key in 05/09/2010

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Disposition Date
If you enter from-and-through Disposition dates, iDocket.com will search only for cases that the court disposed of during the specified date range. If you enter NO from-and-through Disposition dates, the iDocket.com search process will disregard the case Disposition date and base its case search, instead, on the other search parameters that you specify.

Date format: for May 9, 2010, key in 05/09/2010

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FAQs

Why do I get no search results? Or, Why do I get too few search results?

You may need to specify FEWER search options. For example,

  • if you specified a Filing Date or Disposition date range (which might not be exactly correct), your search might be better if you expand your date range or just leave the dates blank, or
  • if you specified a first initial (which might be the wrong first initial for this litigant or attorney), your search might be better if you just key in the last name and not specify a first initial, or
  • if you specified a Case Type (which might be the wrong Case Type for the Case you need), your search might be better if you just leave the Case Type blank.

Remember, when your search finds too FEW results, generally you should specify FEWER search options.
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How do I reduce the number of cases the search finds?
When iDocket.com finds too many cases, you need to specify additional search options. For example, if you specified a name, it may be helpful to specify a first initial. Also, you may need to limit the filing-date or disposition-date range. If you know the type of case, limit your search to a specific court docket. Remember, when your search finds too many results, generally you should specify additional search options.
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What if I do not know how to spell the name?
iDocket.com will search for the exact spelling of a name or iDocket.com will search for names that sound similar. For example, you can search for the exact spelling for Brown and iDocket.com will return only "Brown"s. Or, you can search for names that sound like Brown, and iDocket.com will return "Braun"s, "Browne"s, "Brown"s, etc.
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Case History - Help
Terms


Case History
All
Motions
Orders
Answers / Citations
Other Documents / Actions
Costs
Payments
Ledger
Notation Columns
Reference
Type

Frequently Asked Questions
Are all court activities shown on the Case History screen?


Case History
This tab, available to subscribers only. It presents all documents and actions recorded by the clerk of the court for the selected Case. It includes the following sort options:
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All
This page lists all documents filed by the Clerk of the Court; financial transactions; and other actions recorded by the Clerk, i.e., documents issued by the clerk for service upon the parties and notifications and/or correspondence generated by the Clerk.
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Motions
This page lists all motions filed with the Clerk of the Court for the case shown.
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Orders
This page lists all court orders filed with the Clerk of the Court for the case shown.
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Answers / Citations
This page shows the answers filed by defendants / respondents, and information about service of citation(s) upon the defendants / respondents.
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Other Documents / Actions
This page displays information concerning actions taken by the Clerk such as the issuance of abstracts, subpoenas, and writs, preparation of docket sheet, etc. It also shows the filing of documents other than motions, orders, and answers i.e. certificates, affidavits, and applications, etc.
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Costs
This page lists all fees and fines recorded by the Clerk of the Court for the case shown. Some entries on this page may also appear on the "Answers / Citations" page and/or the "Other Documents / Actions" page.
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Payments
This page lists all payments recorded by the Clerk of the Court for the case shown.
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Ledger
This page lists all fees, fines and payments recorded by the Clerk of the Court for the case shown. For certain courts, an estimated balance due may also appear.
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Notation Columns
The case history screens contain two notation columns that offer additional descriptions about events. Notations are made in the "reference" column and in the "type" column.
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Reference Column
This column is used by the Clerk of Court to list important information about documents or transactions such as:

  • Check number when payment is received
  • Volume and Page to locate a court order in the court minutes
  • Type of delivery or service requested for documents
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Type Column
This column is used to describe a case history event. The most common notes are:

  • A+ denotes assessment of a fee/fine/other court cost
  • TXT denotes a text entry
  • A- denotes a credit or payment
  • TOF denotes payment was credited to a fee/fine/other court cost
  • RET denotes an amount of money returned as change or as a refund when a customer makes a payment
  • SP denotes that money was received and credited as a payment
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FAQs

Are all court activities shown on the Case History screen?
The Clerk of Court records all documents in the case history that are tendered to the clerk for filing. The Clerk also records in the case history financial transactions and other activities that transpire during the life of a case. In addition to documents filed with the clerk, the case history will show other events that may occur:

  • Issuance of subpoenas and other documents to be served upon the parties
  • Dates subpoenas and other documents were served
  • Return receipt of documents that were not served
  • Notifications sent to the parties and other agencies by the Clerk

The Clerk's case history screen does not always reflect hearing dates or other calendar dates set by the Court. Court calendar information is maintained by the Court Coordinator (Administrator) and is not always available to the Clerk.
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Parties - Help
Terms


Plaintiff
Defendant
Petitioner
Respondent

Frequently Asked Questions
What does pro se mean?


Plaintiff
Black's Law Dictionary defines "plaintiff" as a person who brings an action; the party who complains or sues in a civil action.
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Defendant
Black's Law Dictionary defines "defendant" as the person defending or denying; the person against whom relief or recovery is sought in an action or the accused in a criminal case.
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Petitioner
Black's Law Dictionary defines "petitioner" as one who presents a petition to a court (used in family law cases as a substitute term for plaintiff).
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Respondent
Black's Law Dictionary defines "respondent" as the party who makes an answer (used in family law cases as a substitute term for defendant).
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FAQs

What does pro se mean?
Black's Law Dictionary defines "pro se" as for himself, in his own behalf, in person. Appearing for oneself, as in the case of one who does not retain a lawyer and appears for himself in court.
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Attorneys - Help
Terms


Plaintiff
Defendant
Petitioner
Respondent

Frequently Asked Questions
What does pro se mean?


Plaintiff
Black's Law Dictionary defines "plaintiff" as a person who brings an action; the party who complains or sues in a civil action.
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Defendant
Black's Law Dictionary defines "defendant" as the person defending or denying; the person against whom relief or recovery is sought in an action or the accused in a criminal case.
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Petitioner
Black's Law Dictionary defines "petitioner" as one who presents a petition to a court (used in family law cases as a substitute term for plaintiff).
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Respondent
Black's Law Dictionary defines "respondent" as the party who makes an answer (used in family law cases as a substitute term for defendant).
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FAQs

What does pro se mean?
Black's Law Dictionary defines "pro se" as for himself, in his own behalf, in person. Appearing for oneself, as in the case of one who does not retain a lawyer and appears for himself in court.
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Services - Help
Terms


Account Services
     Become an iDocket.com Subscriber
     Change iDocket Subscriber Information
     Cancel iDocket.com Subscription
     Indicate your Preference for iDocket.com Enhancements
     iDocket.com Subscription Plans
Contact iDocket.com
Purchasing Copies
Help
Site Map

Frequently Asked Questions
How can I become an iDocket.com Subscriber?
How do I cancel my Subscription?
What if I have a question about my bill?


Account Services
This tab provides a place where you can handle your account. Look for a topic that addresses your needs and click on it. iDocket.com will let you change your acount information as well as make your visits to iDocket.com more productive and enjoyable.
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Become an iDocket.com Subscriber
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Change iDocket.com Subscriber Information
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Note: iDocket.com requires you to log in both before and after you change Subscriber information. This will insure that users or business with multiple User IDs, change the correct Subscriber information and, after the change, log in with the correct Subscriber information.)

Notes: For your convenience, iDocket.com displays your User ID in the bottom right hand corner of most iDocket.com web pages.
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Cancel iDocket.com Subscription
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Indicate your Preference for iDocket.com Enhancements
iDocket.com works hard for its Subscribers. If you would like to help the developers at iDocket.com determine how future versions of iDocket.com could work harder (and better) for you , please click here periodically and pass on your thoughts. Indicate your preference for enhancements suggested by others and/or provide some input about additional enhancements you would like to see. And--Thanks!
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iDocket.com Subscription Plans
This is where you can see the various iDocket.com subscription plans. We hope you can find the perfect one for your needs.
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Contact iDocket.com
If you have some questions about using iDocket.com, or have some questions about your bill, this is the place to start. Check out out the contact options and click on the one that meets your needs.
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Purchasing Copies
For courts that participate in our Ruby Red service, via iDocket.com, purchase copies of specific court documents, by the "View Document Images" link.
Note: After you click the document, iDocket.com will display the document in a PDF file format. The document will come redacted of SSN, has iDocket watermark, and 'retrieved from IDOCKET.COM' at the bottom.
(Before you purchase CHIPS, in order to purchase documents please check the Texas Map on the homepage, make sure we offer document images in the county you require. All customers must sign a Memorandum of Agreement before purchasing document images, it is recommended to sign this before you search for the document.) [Return to Services Help]

Help
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Site Map
This web page helps you get around the iDocket.com website quickly and easily. Any time you click on Site Map, you will find your self only one click away form most iDocket.com functions.
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Section II. View Court Calendars

Certain courts provide their court calendar to iDocket.com. You may view these calendars by clicking "View Court Calendars." Please note, however, that (1) some iDocket.com courts provide court case information-see Section I above-but do not provide court settings, (2) calendars do not show all court activity and (3) the calendars are subject to change. If court calendar information is not available, or if you have any questions, please contact the court.

After you click "View Court Calendars" iDocket will display a "Court Calendar" page. In order to view a court calendar for a specific date, you must first select a court and then select a date.

Terms

Court
Date
View/Clear/Back


Court
Click the court drop down box and iDocket.com will display a list of courts. Click the name of the court of interest.
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Date
Select the appropriate month, date and year.
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View/Clear/Back
Click View to view the selected calendar.
Click Clear to restart with new selections.
Click Back to return to the previous web page.
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