To determine when your case was first opened, you must either consult your own filings (if you were the originator of the case) or your court's records (if someone else initiated the case).
If You Originated the Case
If you filed the initial document (typically a Complaint, Petition, or some similar initial case document) that originated the case, locate the original case document using your Filing History and view the envelope details. (For more information, please consult the articles listed below.)
- How can I see my filings? How can I check the status of filings that I have submitted?
- How to View Envelope Details or View a Receipt
When viewing the envelope details of the filing that originated the case, scroll down to the Filings section and highlight the Filing Code for the initiating document to bring up the Filing Details. You will find the Accepted Date - the date and time when the court clerks accepted the initiating document and assigned a case number to it, thus first opening the case - at the bottom of this section, above the Stamped Documents or Lead Document sections.
If Someone Else Originated the Case
If someone else filed the case originating documents, then you must access the case's records to locate the case-originating document and determine when the case was first opened. Contact your court to find out if they have an official records site. Registered eFile users in select states may also be able to access court case information via the re:Search website. (Please refer to the article and link below for more information.)
- Public access websites for court records
- The re:Search site is currently available in Georgia, Illinois, Maine, New Mexico, and Texas.
Visit the eSolutions QuickLinks site to find links to the re:Search sites.