Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Today's beSpacific reports on a new database from Justia. The database allows you to search for cases filed in federal district courts, with the option to limit by state and by nature of suit. For example, you can search for all franchise cases litigated in Maryland federal district court from Jan. 1, 2006 (the earliest date available in the database) until today. In truth, you can run the identical search in Pacer. And, in fact, Pacer has the benefit that it includes cases prior to Jan. 1, 2006. In addition, Pacer also includes federal appellate courts. On the other hand, one benefit of the Justia site is a more user-friendly interface.