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Dear Wiseone Search,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
Court Records at the National Archives cover more than 200 years of court proceedings at the federal level. We suggest that you begin your search of old court cases by reviewing National Archives Court Records webpages. Depending on the type of federal court and the date of the case, there may be indexes and dockets available to assist in locating a particular court case file. Please see the History Hub blog Case File Indexes Created by the Federal Courts: Introduction (Part 1 of 3), Case File Indexes Created by the Federal Courts: Index Examples (Part 2 of 3), and Case File Indexes Created by the Federal Courts: Digitized and Digital Indexes (Part 3 of 3) for more information. Please review this information before trying to order records online.
Generally, federal court records less than 15 years old are still in the possession of individual courts and are not in the custody of the National Archives. To obtain access to those records, you must contact the appropriate federal court.
If the case you seek was tried in a state or local court, those records will not be in the custody of the National Archives. Please contact the State Archives or county courthouse for access to those records.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!