What is DocketLaw?
DocketLaw is a rules-based, court-deadline calculation service. Using DocketLaw's intuitive mobile apps any litigator, paralegal or assistant can calculate and manage court-specific deadlines and filing dates with ease and accuracy. DocketLaw uses the CalendarRules cloud-based rules engine to offer up-to-date calculations in over 300 State, Federal, Appellate, Bankruptcy and Agency courts across the US, with new courts being added monthly.
How do I use DocketLaw?
First, download the free DocketLaw app for your iPhone or iPad.
The DocketLaw app includes the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Next, add additional courts through DocketLaw.com. Finally, log-in through the Options screen in the app to calculate deadlines in your courts.
How much does it cost?
The DocketLaw app is free and includes the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. You can add individual courts or entire state court systems through a monthly subscription starting at $9.95 per month. You can cancel court subscriptions at any time.
How long after I sign-up until my courts appear in the app?
The app will update immediately upon payment with your subscribed courts. Be sure to log-in with your username and password from the Options screen in the app.
Do you offer a multi-user license for my law firm?
Our objective at DocketLaw is to make court deadline calculations simple, accurate and affordable. Therefore we do not offer multiple-user, concurrent, or seat-based licensing agreements. Because a major feature of the DocketLaw app is being able to manage and sync deadlines to your device calendar we highly recommend each user sign-up for their own account.
What kind of court rules does DocketLaw have?
DocketLaw partners with CalendarRules (www.calendarrules.com) to bring court rules to the iPad and iPhone. CalendarRules builds and maintains numerous types of litigation related rule sets, including rules from State, Federal, Appellate, and Bankruptcy courts. It offers rules in the states where litigation is most prevalent, or the states where its multi-office clients have a need. Currently this includes over 30 states.
How are the court rules kept up-to-date?
CalendarRules uses a combination of technology and legal staff to build and maintain its rule sets. Staff lawyers monitor courts for rule changes. Because CalendarRules is cloud based, it can provide updates to customers in real-time, without any interaction required by end users.
Does DocketLaw handle court-observed holidays?
Yes. Each court has holidays defined out to 2049, so the calculators can exclude or roll, based on court specific holidays and rule definitions.
What is the difference between the Docket Calculator and Date Calculator?
The Docket Calculator is for working with a specific triggering event and date. Select the triggering event, e.g. Interrogatories Served, and the trigger date, and the Docket Calculator uses the court-specific rules related to that triggering event to return the related events and due dates.
The Date Calculator is when you simply want to count a number of calendar or court days, taking into consideration the specific holidays observed by a court. For instance, 'when is 30 court days from yesterday.' Enter the number days to count, whether you need court or calendar days counted, and the calculator performs the count, taking into consideration holidays observed by that court.
Does the Docket Calculator handle different service methods, like mail or hand delivery\service?
Yes, the Docket Calculator will prompt you for the service method when a deadline calculation is dependent on the service method per court rule. For example, a state court may add 5 days for service by mail, but a Federal Court in the same state may only add 3 days for service by mail.