United States District Court
District of Massachusetts

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There Are Currently 4 Ways To Search For An Opinion:

Search by Judge

This search will return all opinions that are available by the Judge which you choose from the drop-down box.

Search for All Recent Opinions

This search will return a hyperlinked list of all opinions that have been added to the database in the last 30 days.

Search by Keyword

This search will retrieve any opinion it finds in the database which contains the keyword that was entered.

Search by Judge AND Keyword

By entering a keyword AND choosing a Judge from the drop-down list, you narrow your search to opinions containing your keyword, written by the selected Judge - only.

Optional Criteria Descriptions:

Case sensitive

Check this box to turn case sensitivity on for a word. For example, if you searched for the word 'court' and checked the Case Sensitive Box - your search would retrieve documents containing the word 'court' but not 'Court'.

Partial match
Check this box to turn on partial matching of each specified word. For example, if you used the word 'prison' as your keyword and checked the Partial Match Box - your search would retrieve documents containing the word 'prison' as well as 'prisoner'.

Return only documents modified within the last __ days
By entering a numeric value in this field, you will limit the search results to opinions modified during the specified time frame.

Maximum number of documents returned
Increases or decreases the number of opinions returned by the current search.

Maximum number of matched lines per document returned
Increases or decreases the number of matched lines located within a single opinion. These are the hyperlinked line numbers located beneath the document name.


The U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts now has opinions available via RSS. (Real Simple Syndication)

RSS delivers Web content called a "feed" or "channel" that is written in standard computer language (XML). It requires an RSS Reader, a small software program that collects and displays RSS feeds. Current versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari Web browsers have built-in RSS Readers. But if you are using Internet Explorer 6.0 or earlier, you will need to obtain an RSS Reader. These are available on the Web. Some are free; others may be purchased.

Once you have acquired an RSS Reader, you will need to see what it requires you to do to add a new "feed" or "channel." Each reader has a slightly different way of doing this. Some readers, when used with the newest Web browsers, will allow you to add new channels with a single click. Others may require you to copy the Web address (also called a URL) of the new feed from your Web browser's address and paste it into the "Add New Channel" Section of new RSS Reader.

You will have to follow the directions of your RSS Reader to establish a feed or channel to the court's opinions [and any other RSS feeds you may want]. In most cases, all you will need to do is:

Click on the link or small RSS button near the feed that you want;
See the feed's Web address (URL) in your Web browers location bar;
Copy the feed's Web address into the "Add New Channel" section of your RSS Reader

For example, the URL that you would copy into your Web browser's address bar to establish an RSS feed: for this court's opinions is http://pacer.mad.uscourts.gov/opinionrss.pl

Once you have added that Web address to your RSS Reader, the feed will start and regularly update this court's opinions for you.

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