Courtsdesk's search works like the majority of other search tools you have used. You type a query and are then presented with a set of results, ranked based on their relevance to your query. This is a brief overview of how our search works and the tools we provide to make your searches more accurate.
Where does Courtsdesk's data come from?
- Litigation data is sourced directly from the Court Service of Ireland's own website highcourtsearch.courts.ie and is presented unchanged from how it looks at source. Each case record contains the date and time it was last updated, and has a refresh button to request an instant check for any updates or new information.
- Director, company and shareholder information is sourced from the Irish Companies Registration Office (CRO) and the UK Companies House, via one of the leading UK Credit Rating Agencies (CRA), Creditsafe (http://www.creditsafe.ie). Additional information to the basic CRO records is supplied by our CRA, including credit ratings and group structure. All of this information is extracted from each company's documents filed with the CRO, or is based on industry standard credit scoring algorithms.
What if I do not know the correct spelling for my search target?
The search bar provides autocomplete suggestions to help you find any company directors, and the companies themselves — an icon shows whether the name refers to a company or person.
Note, this autocomplete function offers suggestions from the set of company and company director names only — not from litigation or shareholdings. Note also that regardless of which of the four types of search you initially selected, if you choose one of the autocomplete results offered from the drop down selection you will be taken directly to that company or director's profile page.
Our litigation data is presented unchanged from source, and as such it depends upon the accuracy of the information provided by the Courts Service of Ireland. To help you find relevant data, and to minimise the risk that you miss relevant results because of misspelt or incorrectly entered names, the Courtsdesk search feature implements a 'fuzzy' algorithm which, whilst prioritising exact matches, also returns near and related search results.
What searches can I perform with Courtsdesk?
Courtsdesk provides four basic search types, with an advanced search option for each:
- Litigation Search – Search of the Irish High Court (Circuit Court to be added soon)
- Company Search – Search for companies in the Irish CRO (UK Companies House to be added soon)
- Director Search – Search of CRO data records for directors of Irish companies
- Shareholder Search – Search names listed as shareholders in Irish companies
In addition, after you enter your query, a background search is also performed automatically against all four types of records.
The list of results you see presented corresponds to the type of search you entered in your search bar (e.g. Directorships).
Additional matching results for your search query – as if it had been performed using the three other types of search available – can be found under the search bar, like the ones below. The numbers indicate the count of search results available from each type of search.
Each icon can be clicked to view those matching search results.
How do I improve the accuracy of my search?
There may be situations where you will want to refine your results. You may possess additional information which will help you drill more meaningfully into the datasets and improve the accuracy of your search results. Courtsdesk provides a number of filters to achieve this accuracy.
Clicking on the advanced search button with reveal a list of filters available for each search type. Filters can be used on their own or in tandem to refine results.
Common Search Filters
All Of These Phrases: This will only return results that match all of your phrases. A phrase is made up of one or more words, e.g. ACME Builders Group, and multiple phrases are separated by commas, e.g. ACME Builders Group, ABG Builders Merchants. This type of search allows for a certain amount of noise in the results, e.g. a search for ACME Group might include results containing AMCE or Group ACME.
All Of These Exact Phrases: This will only return results that match all of your phrases exactly.
- Hint: Putting a + sign in front of queries, and quoting multi–term phrases achieves the same outcome.
None Of These Exact Phrases: This will exclude results containing terms you enter here.
- Hint: Putting a – sign in front of queries and quoting multi–term phrases will also achieve the same effect.
- NB: You can also chain filters together when inputting them and use them in the same queries by separating them with commas.
Additional Filters (Litigation)
Issued Date From/To : This filter will only show results for litigation issued between, before, or after the inputted dates depending on how you use them. These filters can be used together or alone.
- Hint: The date pickers in the advanced search dropdown are useful, but dates can also be entered directly into the search bar in YYYY-MM-DD format.
Case Reference: Returns results for litigation with an exact case reference.
- Hint: ref: followed by a case reference be typed directly into the search bar.
Plaintiff or Defendant: Returns litigation results in which there is a matching plaintiff or defendant.
- Hint: party: followed by a name can be typed directly into the search bar.
Plaintiff: Returns litigation results in which there is a matching plaintiff.
- Hint: p: followed by a name can be typed directly into the search bar.
Defendant: Returns litigation results in which there is a matching defendant.
- Hint: d: followed by a name can be typed directly into the search bar.
Legal Representation: Returns litigation results in which there is a matching solicitor or legal representative.
- Hint: legal: followed by a name can be typed directly into the search bar.
Legal Representation (Defendant/Plaintiff): Returns litigation results in which there is a matching solicitor or legal representative on one side or the other.
Additional Filters (Company)
Company Number: Returns results for a company with an exact company number.
- Hint: ref: followed by a company number can be typed into the search bar.
Additional Filters (Director)
Date of Birth From/To: This filter will only show results for directors with a date of birth between, after or before the selected dates depending on how a query is built.
- Hint: These filters can be used together or alone. The date pickers in the advanced search dropdown are useful, but dates can also be entered directly into the search bar in YYYY-MM-DD format.