In our earlier post about court calendars, we discussed various types of court calendars and dockets. When using CourtReference to find court calendars and dockets, remember that these are are usually a detailed list of upcoming hearings, with information about the time and location of the hearing and the name of the case or parties; here’s an example from McLean County, IL. Dockets and calendars often include additional details about the case, such as this one from Dane County, WI with a link to each judge’s weekly calendar; each case on the calendar includes a linked case number that reveals many details about the case. Many calendars and dockets may be searched by party name, such as this one from New Orleans; or by case number or type, such as this one from Los Angeles.
Also remember that “dockets” often include both past and future hearing information, such as this one from Charlotte County, FL; and sometimes are only records of past case events, such as this one from Bibb County, GA.
In CourtReference’s Calendars and Dockets resource category, you may find some resources that are simply schedules of different types of hearings – even when the court calls such a schedule a “calendar”. Courts do not always post detailed calendars and dockets online. When they don’t, interested parties may contact the court clerk, or visit the courthouse and peruse the bulletin board, to learn details of upcoming hearings. CourtReference provides contact information for the court clerk, and location information for the courthouse, so you can always find out when a hearing is to take place.
But even when the court does not post a detailed calendar, it might post a general schedule of hearing types. These schedules may show which day of the week is reserved for a particular type of hearing, and may even specify a range of hours for each hearing type, the judge that is assigned to each hearing type, or the courtroom in which each hearing type is conducted. Here’s an example from Berks County, PA. CourtReference will include these resources in its “Calendars and Dockets” category, and will normally name the resource as a “schedule” even if the court calls it a “calendar”. Interested parties may use these schedules to determine which days and times a particular type of hearing will take place, but will still have to contact the clerk or visit the courthouse to learn the time of a specific hearing. The primary use of general hearing schedules is to allow attorneys, or parties representing themselves, to schedule their own hearings on the appropriate day, time, and location.
Some courts may call their detailed calendar a “schedule” even when it does include details about specific cases, such as this searchable “Daily Case Schedule Query” from Ohio’s Ashland Municipal Court – note that the search results provide many details about each upcoming case.