Launched in August 2020, judyrecords is the largest search engine of United States court dockets and opinions on the Internet — with over 8x more cases than PACER, the official case management system of the United States federal judiciary.
Extended searches The first 500k results are displayed instead of just the first 2k.
- murder - 626k cases
- fraud - 1.3 million cases
- burglary - 2.8 million cases
- assault - 6 million cases
Trigger improved name matching
Strict mode (name + 3 commas)
- barack h obama,,,
Lenient mode (name + 2 commas)
- donald john trump,,
- Trying strict then lenient matching with a full middle name often produces the best results.
Valid name formats to apply strict or lenient name matching:
- first middle last
- first m last
- first last
- Sometimes both modes will produce the same results.
If extra filtering is needed, additional qualifiers may be specified after the name part.
- donald j trump,, texas
- barack obama,, ("affordable care act" OR "aca")
- Don't use any punctuation.
- Strict mode (name + 3 commas)
Exact phrase proximity
"donald j trump"~4 - allow those terms to be up to 4 words out of order.
- Matches "donald j trump" but also "trump donald j".
- Search for trump close to the word casino.
- "donald j trump"~4 - allow those terms to be up to 4 words out of order.
- "donald j trump"
- "that's crazy"
- "donald trump" -florida
- ("donald j trump"~4) OR ("donald john trump"~4) OR ("donald trump"~3)
- (fraud) AND NOT ("insufficient funds")
- fraud -"insufficient funds"
AND/OR/NOT should generally be used with parentheses to ensure you get the expected results.
- For example, (donald trump) OR (paul manafort) will produce the expected results. donald trump OR paul manafort will not, and will be logically interpreted as donald AND (trump OR paul) AND manafort, rather than the expected (donald AND trump) OR (paul AND manafort).
- Combine with exact phrase proximity for better results: ("donald trump"~3) OR ("paul manafort"~3)
- AND/OR/NOT must be uppercase.
AND is the default operator implicitly used between terms.
- For example, ("donald trump"~3) AND ("paul manafort"~3) is the same thing as "donald trump"~3 "paul manafort"~3.
Case count log
2020-08-13 - 364.4 million/launch
2020-08-19 - 377.1 million
2020-08-20 - 379.5 million
2020-08-26 - 393.2 million
2020-09-24 - 397.3 million
2020-09-26 - 402.1 million
2020-09-27 - 404.4 million
2020-09-28 - 409.2 million
2020-09-30 - 409.8 million
2020-10-02 - 410.6 million
2020-10-05 - 413.6 million
2020-10-16 - 418.9 million
2020-10-28 - 419.3 million
2020-11-05 - 426.6 million
2020-11-16 - 435.4 million
2020-11-18 - 439.8 million
2020-12-02 - 440.3 million
2020-12-03 - 441.1 million
2020-12-05 - 444.0 million
2020-12-07 - 446.3 million
2020-12-09 - 448.4 million
2020-12-10 - 449.0 million
2020-12-12 - 449.4 million
2020-12-14 - 451.6 million
2020-12-15 - 453.2 million
2020-12-18 - 464.4 million
2021-01-09 - 477.8 million
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Cursing in court records (show)
- "bitch ass" - 365 cases
- "mother fucker" - 1,378 cases
- "fuck you" - 2,209 cases
- "fuck off" - 344 cases
- "what the fuck" - 843 cases
- "fuck shit"~8 - 500 cases
- "brains out" - 1,714 cases
- "brains in" - 99 cases
- "brains all over the back of that truck" - 1 case