Courthouse News Service
GenreCivil litigation
United States

Courthouse News Service is a news service primarily focusing on civil litigation.[1] Its core audience is lawyers and law firms, who subscribe to the service;[1][2][3] other subscribers include nonprofits, government agencies, corporations, other media outlets, and academic institutions.[3] Courthouse News has reporters across the United States, covering both state and federal court proceedings, in trial courts and appellate courts.[1][3] It offers both free and paid services. Unlike CourtExpress and CourtLink, it does not provide comprehensive docket information; rather, Courthouse News alerts readers to new filings and rulings.[4] The news agency is based in Pasadena, California.[1] As of 2020, the service had more than 2,200 subscribers.[3] It is a competitor to Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg.[3]

In addition to covering litigation, Courthouse News also covers federal legislation and congressional activity. It is a member of the Senate Press Gallery.[1]

Courthouse News was founded in 1990.[3] During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the group received between US$2 million and $5 million in federally-backed small business loans from City National Bank as part of the Paycheck Protection Program. The organization stated it would help them retain 256 employees.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d e "About Us". Courthouse News Service. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  2. ^ Jane Gordon (October 9, 2005). "Dear Blog: It's Another Day in Connecticut". New York Times. Dan Levine, a reporter with Courthouse News Service, a national news wire for lawyers
  3. ^ a b c d e f Courthouse News Service v. Schaefer, Civil Action No. 2:18-cv-39 (E.D. Va. February 20, 2020).
  4. ^ Levitt, Carole; Rosch, Mark E. (December 19, 2006). The Lawyer's Guide to Fact Finding on the Internet (3 ed.). American Bar Association. p. 388. ISBN 978-1590316719.
  5. ^ Syed, Moiz; Willis, Derek. "COURTHOUSE NEWS SERVICE - Coronavirus Bailouts - ProPublica". ProPublica. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  6. ^ James Bikales (6 July 2020). "Here are the major media companies that received coronavirus relief loans". TheHill. Retrieved 10 July 2020.