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  • 1. Court & Legal Research Nov. 12, 2013
  • 2. Court a well-established principle “It is & Legal Research that court records are presumed to be open to the public. Courts in the United States have recognized both a common law right and a First Amendment right to judicial records of court proceedings.” The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • 3. Basics of Legal Research: Cornell University Law Library uestions Articulate the legal issue. What jurisdiction is involved? Federal or state? Is this a civil or criminal matter? Who are the parties and what relief is sought?
  • 4. How the Criminal Justice System Works: Arrest to Sentence The New York County District Attorney’s Office :
  • 5. New York Post, Oct. 21, 2012  n-man-booted-from-public-library-forbody-odor-sues-for-5-5m/  Manhattan man booted from public library for body odor sues for $5.5M
  • 6.   Supreme Court Records Online Library  New York State Supreme Court and the County Clerk of New York  The Supreme Court, Civil Branch, New York County handles civil cases (those not involving criminal offenses).  The Supreme Court, Civil Branch, New York County is a trial-level court, the highest such court for civil cases in the state court system in New York County  Located in the New York County Courthouse, the Supreme Court's main courthouse at 60 Centre Street SCROLL: croll/
  • 7. Cold Case Solved: Baby Hope Who is Conrado Juarez? New York Times article: egion/baby-hope.html?_r=0 WebCrims: NY State Unified Court System
  • 8. Visiting 60 Centre Street: New York County Court Guide 1stJD_newyork.pdf
  • 9. Justice Department Website: Press releases i.e. Johnson & Johnson 13-ag-1170.html Bureau of Prisons: Inmate Locator ie. Bernard Madoff For court documents, do a google search :”bernardmadoff and site: .gov and court documents”  First result takes you to the Justice Dept website, which attaches all court documents for his case    Federal Cases
  • 10.  LexisNexis has case information for the most jurisdictions–federal, state and local–but not all of it is available in the academic version universally accessible to CUNY students.  Lexis has published opinions of the courts. i.e. Roe v Wade or landmark cases  LexisNexis Video Tutorial: On; Looking up a Legal Case  Search Lexis Academic LexisNexis
  • 11.  Public Access to Electronic Court Records  Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts, and the PACER Case Locator via the Internet. PACER is provided by the federal Judiciary in keeping with its commitment to providing public access to court information via a centralized service.  Video Tutorial:  Court Information Tutorial: PACER
  • 12. Journalist’s Guide to the Federal Courts Website: sGuide.aspx Understanding the Federal Courts Website: spx
  • 13. Court Records Research Link: Cops & Crime Research Link: Cops & Crime Essentials Cheatsheet Link: a4sXlCnQzxOSRPNWxMC_508/edit?pli=1 Research Guides
  • 14. Finding Lawyers LLRX LegalDockets
  • 15. Law 360 @Law360  Above the Law @atlblog  The Crime Report @thecrimereport  The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog @WSJlawblog  ScotusBlog @SCOTUSblog  Legal Blogs: Keeping on top of the industry
  • 16. Any Questions? Class Blog Link: Feel free to post your questions on the class blog.