Opinions Search Help
Thank you for using our enhanced search functionality.  Below are some hints for using this feature of our website.

Enter either a full text search or a webcite number.  Entering a webcite number will cause the system to ignore all other criteria

First to search for a phrase you can enclose the phrase in double quotes. For example,

"Smith v. Jones"

When using quotes the website will only find an exact match. For example,

"Smith v Jones" will not return documents containing the exact phrase "Smith v. Jones" (note: the v has no period.)

You can search using AND, OR, or NEAR (connections) without the quotes examples are provided below

Police and Fire
would find all documents containing both the words Police and Fire.

Police or fire
would find all documents containing either the word Police or the word Fire.

Police and fire and emergency
would find all documents that contain the words Police, Fire and emergency.

(Police and Fire) or emergency
would find all documents that contain both the words Police and Fire or the single word emergency.

Police and not Fire
would find all documents that contain the word Police but do not contain the word Fire.

You can stipulate that a word or phrase be near another word in the document by using the word NEAR for example:

Police NEAR Fire
would find documents with the word police near the word fire.

You can combine "exact phrases" and connections (AND, OR, or NEAR)

"Police and Fire" or emergency
would find all documents that contain the phrase Police and Fire or the word emergency.

You can use a wildcard (an asterisk) in a phrase or phases for a phrase prefix for example:

"2911*"
would find documents containing 2911.11, 2911.02 and 2911.12 and any other documents containing phases beginning with 2911.

"Constitution*"
would return documents containing words such as "Constitution", "Constitutionality", "constitutional"

The wildcard (asterisk) cannot be used in the beginning of a phrase.

Finally you can combine all of the above terms to create, hopefully, useful, searches of our opinions

((Police near Fire) or emergency) and not "2911.*"
would find all documents with the word police near the word fire or containing the word emergency but document containing the phrase 2911. would not be returned.