WebCivil Local - Frequently Asked Questions

 
General Site Information
 
  1.  Which courts are included in WebCivil Local?
WebCivil Local will eventually contain cases from all the local Civil Courts in New York State (61 City Courts, the District Courts in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and the New York City Civil Courts).  Case information is not yet available online for all courts, but we are continuing to add additional courts.  For a complete list of all the courts currently available click here.
 
  2.  Are all cases displayed?
Information is available for all cases except for those which have been sealed by the court.
 
  3.  Which case types are available in WebCivil Local?
At this time we are able to provide information on Civil Cases (CV), Replevins (RE) and Transfers from Supreme Court (TS) for all available courts. Commercial Claim (CC), Landlord-Tenant (LT) and Small Claim (SC) cases in all City Courts in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Judicial Districts, the four District Courts in Nassau County and First and Fifth District Courts in Suffolk County are also included, as are Name Changes (NC) in the five New York City Civil Courts. For information on pending Landlord-Tenant cases in the Housing Courts in New York City (Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties) please visit our WebHousing site by clicking here. Arbitration Cases are not currently available.
 
  4.  How often is the data updated?
Updates are made to WebCivil Local throughout the day.
 
Case Search
 
  1.  How do I find a case in WebCivil Local?
You may search for a case in one of four ways:

  Index Search - search by entering the Index Number of a case.
You may either enter the full index number (e.g. CV-000044-06/AU) using the drop-down lists to select the Case Type (e.g. CV) and Court (e.g. AU) OR you may simply enter the index number in the format 44-06 (please be aware that if you do not specify a court, multiple cases may be found, as each court uses the same number sequence, so it is possible to encounter the same index number in multiple courts). You may choose to sort your search results by Court (the default), Index Number, Defendant Name, Plaintiff Name or Appearance Date and your search results can be displayed in either HTML (the default) or PDF format.

  Party Search - enables you to search on the name of one of the parties.
You can select the party as Plaintiff, Defendant or Either plaintiff or defendant. Please remember that most courts enter an individualís name as Last Name, First Name (e.g. Smith, John). To make your search faster, you may wish to limit your search to one or more Courts, Year of Filing, or just to Open (Active) cases or those with Future Appearances on the courtís calendar. You may choose to sort your search results by Court (the default), Index Number, Defendant Name, Plaintiff Name or Appearance Date and your search results can be displayed in either HTML (the default) or PDF format.

  Attorney/Firm Search - allows you to look for cases for a particular Attorney or Law Firm.
Enter the name of the attorney or firm and select whether you are looking for cases in which they represent the Plaintiff, the Defendant or Either. To make your search faster, you may wish to limit your search to one or more Courts, Year of Filing, or just to Open (Active) cases or those with Future Appearances on the courtís calendar. Finally, you may choose to sort your search results by Court (the default), Index Number, Defendant Name, Plaintiff Name or Appearance Date and your search results can be displayed in either HTML (the default) or PDF format.

  Judge Search - finds all cases for a particular Judge.
Enter the name (first and last) of the Judge. To make your search faster, you may wish to limit your search to one or more Courts, Year of Filing, or just to Open (Active) cases or those with Future Appearances on the courtís calendar. Finally, you may choose to sort your search results by Court (the default), Index Number, Defendant Name, Plaintiff Name or Appearance Date and your search results can be displayed in either HTML (the default) or PDF format.
 
  2.  Why canít I find my case when I search using the name of the Defendant?
You should verify the spelling of the name which you entered.  Please remember that most courts enter an individualís name as Last Name, First Name (e.g. Smith, John).  You should also check that you have selected Defendant (the search defaults to the name of the Plaintiff).
 
  3.  I am involved in a Landlord & Tenant case - can I see the details here?
Landlord & Tenant cases are available in WebCivil Local with the exception of cases in the Housing Courts in New York City (Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties). To view pending cases in those courts please visit our WebHousing site by clicking here.
 
  4.  I have a case in Small Claims Court in New York City - why can't I find it here?
At this time cases in the Small Claims Part of the Civil Court of the City of New York City are not available in WebCivil Local.
 
Court Calendar Search
 
  1.  How can I find court calendar information?
You may view the calendar for either a specific Court Part or a Judge/Part.  Please enter a Court, then select either a Court Part or a Judge from the drop-down lists and press Find Calendar.  You may select any of the hyperlinked search results to view the corresponding calendar, and then click on the caption for any of the cases displayed to view the details of that case.
 
Attorney/Firm Calendar Search
 
  1.  Can I produce a calendar of my law firmís cases?
Simply enter part of or your firmís entire name into the search field and select whether you are searching on all the words you entered or the exact phrase.  Then click on Search Calendar. Select one of the options from the search results to generate a county-by-county calendar listing of your firmís pending appearances.
 
Troubleshooting
 
  1.  Which browsers do you currently support?
We support the following browsers:
 Firefox version 3.0 and above
 Internet Explorer versions 7.x and above
 Safari version 3.0 and above

You may encounter problems using older versions of these browsers and we strongly recommend that you upgrade to the latest versions. Please note that we cannot guarantee that you will be able to access WebCivil Local using a handheld device such as a Blackberry or web-enabled cell phone.
 
  2.  Why is it that when I click on the links for detail screens nothing happens?
Many of the screens open in a new window - if you have any kind of pop-up blocker, this may prohibit them from opening correctly.  We recommend that you disable your pop-up blocker when using the site.
 
  3.  I am an attorney and the information you are showing for me is incorrect - how can I change it?
Each court maintains its own dictionary of attorney/firm information.  Contact the court directly to have your information changed for that court.

This is not the same information that is contained as part of attorney registration.  To change attorney registration information contact:

 Attorney Registration Unit
 New York State Office of Court Administration
 PO BOX 2806
 Church Street Station
 New York, NY 10008
 e-mail: attyreg@courts.state.ny.us
 fax: (212)428-2804

You can check attorney registration information online at http://www.nycourts.gov/ - select Attorneys, then Attorney Directory.
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