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Case Numbering

The number of cases annually in US courts in humungous and it is a difficult task to keep a track of all the cases. To find a particular case from these vast records becomes tedious in the absence of a case numbering system. Therefore it is through case numbers via which a particular case can be found easily. There is a unique number to each case. The case ID or a case identification number is exclusive. Supreme Court number of cases is huge. In Supreme Court case should be tracked by its automated docket system. There are differences in court case numbering between states as well as federal courts. Almost all states have their own websites or systems for searching court cases numbers online.

For example in Iowa, case ID follows the sequence of district, county, jurisdiction, city code, case type, group code and then case number. In Indiana, again the case numbering format is different. The sequence is county, court codes (Appeals-A, Supreme-S, Tax-T), district number (01-05), year, month, case type (Criminal-CR, civil-CV, Tax-TA) and then the sequence number. One may also conduct a partial search, if the full case number is not known or he wants to view a number of court cases. Like, if one wishes to perform search for only civil cases in Allen County for year 2002, one would only enter county number of Allen County (02), then the next two boxes would be marked with asterix, the next box would have 02 as the year is 2002. Then the spaces allotted to months would again be marked with asterix. The next box would have CV and the last box would again have asterix. The same search for number of criminal cases can be conducted with CR instead of CV.

In order to view a criminal case in the county of Santa Clara, in California, one may secure a case number is three ways. One of the ways is if the case has been filed in the last five years, one can search it in the online criminal index, by either the defendant's name or date of birth, or the defendant's name along with the month and year the case was filed. Another way is to visit the particular clerk's office where the case had been filed. It could either be Hall of Justice, in San Jose, South County Courthouse, Morgan Hill, or Palo Alto Courthouse, Palo Alto. The last method is to mail the Clerk's Office and request them to make the search. The following details must be provided in the letter- defendant's name, defendant's date of birth and years that needs to be searched.

Apart from state court or federal court's designated website, there are websites like, which is a store house of case information of the nation's trial courts. A registered user of the website is able to search this expansive database of innumerable court cases. One can search for cases by using the plaintiff name or defendant name, file date or attorney name, by county or court, exact name or "sounds like" name, bondsman or county or by state or "cause" number.