Office of the Clerk of Court
Michael E. Kunz, Clerk of Court
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Words in the search string that are separated by spaces or ordinary punctuation (special characters excluded) are treated as a phrase. The search will only return pages or documents that contain this phrase. Utilize special characters and keywords (listed below) in a phrase to perform finely tuned searches that yield interesting results.
Matching ignores 'noise' words within the phrase (e.g., a, as, but, for, etc.).
Matching is case-insensitive.
The special character '*' (i.e., a single asterisk) can be used as a 'literal' wildcard character that matches any number of characters. For example, a search string of catch* will match words like catcher and catching.
The special character sequence '**' (i.e., two (2) asterisks) can be used as a 'grammatical' wildcard character, i.e., one that matches grammatical variations of words. For example, a search string of catch** will match words matched by the literal wildcard, and additionally words like caught.
The special character '?' (i.e., a question mark) can be used to match any single character. For example, a search string of catch?? will match words like catcher and catches.
The keywords '#filename' and '@filename' can be used to locate a particular file. @filename is used in relational expressions. For example, a search string of #filename *.pdf or @filename = *.pdf will locate files whose names have the suffix 'PDF'.
The keyword '@size' can be used to specify the size of returned files in bytes. For example, the search string @size < 5000 will limit the search results to files less than 5K in size.
The boolean keywords AND, OR, NOT and NEAR can be used in a search string as follows:

Boolean Keywords Special Character Representation Meaning
Word1 AND Word2 Word1 & Word2 Both words must exist in the document.
Word1 OR Word2 Word1 | Word2 Either word must exist in the document.
Word1 AND NOT Word2 Word1 & !Word2 The first word must exist in the document but the second must not.
Word1 NEAR Word2 Word1 ~ Word2 Both words must exist in the document and be within fifty (50) words of each other. The closer they are, the higher the rank in the search results.
To search for a phrase that contains double quotes, special characters, or keywords, the phrase must be enclosed in double quotes, and two (2) double quotes must be placed where one (1) double quotation mark is to appear. For example, to search for he yelled "Hello!" from across the street, the search string would be "he yelled ""Hello!"" from across the street"".
Some MDL files will not be located using the 'Documents: Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)' option of the 'Search scope' listbox on the search form. This is because these files are not located in the MDL section of this Web site, but rather in the Opinions section. Use the 'Documents: Opinions (filed since June 1, 1997)' or 'Documents: All' options to locate these other MDL files.
Please be patient when awaiting search results. Press the 'Search' button only once to execute the query.