Searching by Bates Number (or Doc ID)

Note: for Australian doc id information, go to the last section

To search according to Bates numbers, add the Bates search term into the query builder. There are two parameters that you can specify in the Bates search term:

  1. The Bates Prefix
  2. The specific Bates number(s) or range you want to search for

Selecting “Any” in the prefix parameter will perform a search across all Bates prefixes in your dataset. The “Ever” prefix are the unique identifiers Everlaw assigns to documents that we process and upload.

You can search for single documents, particular pages, or a range of documents by their Bates number.

1. To search for a single document, type the begin Bates of the document you are looking for.

2. To search for a document by not just the begin Bates, but also by particular pages within the document, enter the Bates number and check the “Page Search” option.

3. To search across a range of documents, enter the first and last Bates number of the range separated by a dash. Be sure to check the “Page Search” option if you want to expand the search to include not just the begin Bates of documents.

To search for all the documents greater or less than a certain Bates number, enter the number and a following or preceding dash. For example, to find all the documents in the case, you would enter "1-" across every prefix, which would return all the documents with a Bates number greater than or equal to 1. To find all documents with a Bates number less than 100, you would enter “-100”.

You may also search for multiple, non-consecutive Bates numbers. Separate the Bates numbers with commas or spaces. The resulting search will find all the documents with any of the entered Bates numbers as their beginning Bates. To find the documents with the entered Bates number anywhere in a document's range, select the exact page search checkbox.

If desired, you can cut and paste in a list of doc id numbers and ranges as long as it respects the search conventions.

Note: If the last Bates number you enter is not the last Bates number of a particular document, the entire document will still be returned.


Australian Doc Ids

The Australian doc id system has a different number scheme than the American Bates numbering system. Here is an example of an Australian doc id: ABC.001.001.0001.

To search for this document using the Bates search term, you first select the prefix (in this case "ABC"), then type "1.1.1" into the input box. Notice that you do not need to worry about including the leading zeros for any of the number segments. You can search for all other documents in the same fashion. 
You can also search across a range of document ids using the same conventions described earlier in this article (using a dash to indicate a range and a space or comma to indicate an 'or' search). The search below will return documents with ids that are either (i) within the 1.1.1-3.3.3 range, or (ii) 2.1.2, or (iii) within the 4.1.1-9.9.9 range.
If desired, you can cut and paste in a list of doc id numbers and ranges as long as it respects the search conventions.

By default, the Bates search only looks at the doc id. If you want to expand the search to include pages within documents, check the "Page search" option in the search term.

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