Follow the directions to create an account, and then paste your docket’s URL
into the proper location for monitoring. That’s it! You have just created a free
automated mechanism for monitoring a US Supreme Court case docket.
To be sure you’re alerted promptly with updates, customize the frequency for the
docket to be checked every few hours, seven days a week. When a docket
entry or other change is made, the email address you designate will receive
notice with a link to the docket. You’ll also receive an email alert if the court site
is not working.
Although I have only used this monitoring method for the US Supreme Court,
monitoring other courts’ case docket sheets in this manner should work just as
easily. As long as the page where your docket sheet is located can be
monitored, you can conduct free, timely automated case monitoring. You’ll need
to experiment, and should not rely solely on this case docket monitoring since
each court’s public access policies, docketing procedures, and technologies
The following is a brief list of just some of the courts that offer free dockets online
and can probably be monitored using this method:
US Tax Court
Arizona: Maricopa and Pima County Superior Courts.
California: Butte, Contra Costa, Glenn, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, and Ventura
County Superior Courts.
Connecticut: Superior Court civil cases.
Florida: Supreme Court and various Circuit Courts.
Georgia: Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
Illinois: Circuit Courts in many counties.
Kansas: Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Shawnee County District Court.
Kentucky: Supreme Court.
Massachusetts: Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
Michigan: Grand Traverse and Macomb County Circuit Courts.
Mississippi: Supreme Court.
North Carolina: Supreme Court.
North Dakota: Supreme Court.
Ohio: Common Pleas and Municipal Courts in many counties.
Oklahoma: Appellate and District Courts.
Texas: District and County Courts in Brazoria, Comal, Denton, El Paso, Grayson, Gregg,
Lamar, Rockwall, Tom Green, Williamson, and other counties.
Washington: Pierce County Superior Court.
Wisconsin: Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Circuit Courts.
As federal, state, and local courts continue to improve their technology regarding online case information, it’s more important than ever to know where to look and how to effectively monitor case dockets. There are always exceptions to rules and procedures, but the two methods of docket monitoring I have described should significantly help to increase the value, timeliness, and efficiency of your case monitoring efforts.