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September 25, 2020

Fastcase Rolls Out New, Improved Legal Research Platform

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On October 6, the Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations will host a CLE on the new Fastcase research platform:

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Legal Research on Fastcase 7 (1-hour CLE approved) 


Beginning in September, Fastcase began the transition to its newly built legal research platform. Fastcase is free to all lawyers of the Virginia State Bar as part of your membership (a $995 value).

The transition, which should be completed by the end of September, has caused some service interruptions. Those with questions may contact Fastcase customer service at 1-866-773-2782 (8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. est.) Or, you may email Erin Page at

Throughout October, Fastcase’s Reference Attorneys will be hosting a free, live training session each Wednesday at 2:00 PM EST. Register now to join a guided walk-through of the new Fastcase, as they explain new features, layouts, and best practices to get you searching faster.

Listed below are a few of the new features in the new Fastcase interface:

  • Briefs, Pleadings, Motions, and Orders 
    Users can now access hundreds of millions of Briefs, Pleadings, Motions, and Orders provided by Docket Alarm (a Fastcase company). Now Fastcase users can access Docket Alarm’s 400+ million documents. 
  • Ground-up Redesign of User Interface
    Our users have given us a lot of feedback about Fastcase 7’s user interface. We’ve listened. This release provides a full re-design of the entire interface. The biggest improvement: Fastcase now looks great on all screens — from 27” retina monitors down to the smallest phone. 
  • Authority Check
    Finding a case’s status — or documents that cite to a statute or court rule — just became easier with our newly re-designed Authority Check. Simply click on a document’s flag to see other documents that cite to it. We’ve separated the algorithmically determined Negative Treatment, making it quicker and easier to determine a document’s authority and status.
Updated: Sep 28, 2020