Courthouse News Service is a nationwide news service for lawyers and the news media. Based in Pasadena, California, Courthouse News focuses on civil litigation, from the date of filing through the appellate level. Unlike other Internet-based publishers that simply aggregate information prepared by other content providers, Courthouse News publishes its own original news content prepared by its staff of reporters and editors based across the country.
Courthouse News produces a variety of news publications. The home page of its Internet web site, www.courthousenews.com, is updated daily and features original news reports and commentary about civil litigation and issues impacting the judiciary. These reports are prepared by Courthouse News own reporters and editors, and are often accompanied by links to the underlying documents themselves, most often copies of actual civil court filings. This synthesis of information, analysis and original source documents is a relatively recent innovation in news reporting but is certainly not unique to Courthouse News. Freed from the space constraints of the printed page, newspaper web sites and other Internet-based publishers are increasingly supplementing their original content with links to public records and other documents that are the basis for, and help explain, that content. The web site receives an average of nearly one million unique visitors each month. Recent editions of Courthouse News home page are attached to this summary and provide a flavor for the content provided.