Attention:  Jury Verdict Review's database is comprised of thousands of articles written by multiple authors over 20+ years using different writing styles and conventions. Therefore, to get optimum search results in one category, users are advised to use differing search criteria if satisfactory results are not initially found. As an example, when searching for cases involving a herniated lumbar disc, the following searches should be considered:


            1:  lumbar disc herniation

            2:  lumbar herniation

            3:  herniated lumbar disc


You will notice that many of the articles found will be the same, but by using the different terminology, it is possible to find results that are not found using the initial search criteria. Below are instructions and examples for using the search capabilities of our online article database. We strongly suggest that you read the search instructions below.



Common Search Types


To search for a particular...

County:       [name of county] county


                        Ex.    orange county


County and Type of Injury:     [name of county] county and [keywords you're looking for]

                        Ex.    orange county and ankle fracture

Expert or Attorney Name:      [first name] w/2 [last name]

                        Ex.    john w/2 smith


      Note that different experts may share a common name. In these instances, it is advisable to either           
      type out the name using a middle initial followed by an asterisk, or to add an area of expertise, e.g.,     

      john c* smith,  john w/2 (smith and orthoped*)

Case Name or Docket Number:


There are four main methods of searching for a specific case:


1.  Type out the name of the case 


                         Ex.    smith vs. jones


        Note that different variants such as "smith v. jones"  or "smith v* jones"

        might need to be employed in order to find the case.


2.  Type only the name of the plaintiff, or use the construction:   pltf  [plaintiff]


                        Ex.    smith

                        Ex.    pltf smith

       This is useful to locate cases in which only a plaintiff's name is reported.

       The construction  "pltf  [plaintiff]" may also be used in order to minimize

       extraneous results from common names.


3.  Type the parties' last names using the construction:   [plaintiff] w/3 [defendant]


                        Ex.   smith w/3 jones

        Note that for more complex party names, the number may need to be increased

        in order to accommodate additional words.   For example, to search for a case

        entitled, "Smith Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a/ Quality Products, et al. vs. Jones Manufacturing", 

        use  smith w/10 jones



4.  Type the case's docket or index number.



Advanced Search Instructions


Our search supports four types of search requests, which may be used simultaneously:


1.      An "any words" search is any sequence of text, like a sentence or a question.


2.      An "all words" search is similar to an "any words" search except that all of the

words in the search request must be present in the article.


3.   A "without the words" search looks for articles in which certain words are NOT



            4.   An "exact phrase" search looks for a particular phrase, as well as boolean

                  connectors and other operators such as w/5, parentheses, brackets, etc.

      Searches using boolean operators must be performed in the "exact phrase" box.




Search Request


slip and fall

Both words must be present in the article

slip or fall

Either word may be present in the article

slip w/5 fall

slip must occur within 5 words of fall

fall not w/5 slip

fall must occur, but not within 5 words of slip

fall and not slip

Only fall will be present; slip will not occur in

the article

fall and not (slip or trip)

Only fall will be present;

Neither slip nor trip will occur in the article

slip w/10 xfirstword

slip must occur in the first 10 words

slip w/10 xlastword

slip must occur in the last 10 words



If you use more than one connector, use parentheses to indicate precisely what you want to search for. For example, slip and fall or trip  could mean (slip and fall) or trip, or it could mean slip and (fall or trip).  For more complex queries, brackets [ ] may be used in conjunction with parentheses ( ). Note that if parentheses or brackets are unbalanced, a "No Articles Found" message will be displayed.



  Wildcard Characters


Words may include the following wildcard characters:





Matches any individual character  


(Ex.  ic?  for "ice", "icy", "ICU", etc.)


Matches any number of characters


(Ex.  sex* assault*  for "sex assault", "sexually assaulted", etc.)


Matches any single digit 


(Ex.  coma* w/3 = week*  for "2 week coma", "comatose for 3 weeks", etc.)


Numeric range


(Ex.  20~~30-year-old  for a person aged between 20 and 30 years, inclusive)



Wildcards (*,?, and =)


 A search word can contain the wildcard characters * and ?.   

 A ? in a word matches any single character, and a * matches any number of characters.

 The wildcard characters can be in any position in a word.  For example:


            appl* would match apple, application, etc.

            *cipl*  would match principle, participle, etc.

            appl?  would match apply and apple but not apples.

            ap*ed  would match applied, approved, etc.



   The = wildcard matches any single digit. For example:


            N=== would match N123 but not N1234 or Nabc.


 Numeric Range Searching


    A numeric range search is a search for any numbers that fall within a range.

    To add a numeric range component to a search request, enter the upper and

    lower bounds of the search separated by ~~ 


            Ex.   plaintiff w/5 12~~17


    This request would find any document containing "plaintiff" within 5 words

    of a number between 12 and 17, inclusive.