Source: Legalist, 2016
(subscription required)

Trusted by thousands of state litigators, Legalist helps you track your state trial cases. Search millions of dockets, get daily email alerts for cases you care about, and predict trial timelines before your cases even start. ….

Get docket alerts for any case
Start your mornings right with Legalist Daily Dockets. Legalist offers daily email digests for cases you care about, so you know when new events and lawsuits are filed on state and county court websites. Receive alerts on new court activity, whether it’s an early judgment or or a new counterclaim filed on a case you’re tracking—straight to your inbox each morning.

Search across state court records
Legalist searches state court records spread across state and county court databases and finds information other services can’t. An easy, intuitive search for trial records right inside your dashboard, Legalist provides search by case party and case number for any record stored online since 1989. View court dockets, outcomes and judgments, and upcoming court dates for any case in state court…..
Legalist is making it easier for lawyers to find state court records
Source: Fitz Tepper, Techcrunch, July 19, 2016

…..Essentially, it should be easy to keep track of court records from multiple counties and states – but it’s not.

In fact, it’s pretty awful. Most are hosted online, but each county could have different databases and even different databases providers, making it a huge hassle to constantly search for court records and updates. For example, Ohio has 88 counties, and you have to search each one separately for legal records. It’s such a mess that some lawyers have found it easier to have employees just drive from county to county tracking down records in person.

Enter Legalist – a startup launching in Y Combinator’s Summer ’16 batch. Founded by Eva Shang and Christian Haigh, two current Harvard undergrads, the startup is trying to become a Google for state court records.

They are doing this by scraping these databases and aggregating the documents into one main searchable database. This takes a while – most counties and states have records going back to 1989. For example, the startup is currently scraping 10 different states – a process that is providing them with 400,000 new documents a day…..