How to use Lawsuit Search effectively?

Here are some tips when searching for a person or company using our Lawsuit Search. To get the best search results, please read to the bottom.

1. Search for a person or company

Enter the full name of the person or the business / company / organisation’s name into the search bar.

Example 1: John Doe West
Example 2: ACME Laboratory Solutions Sdn Bhd

If the result returns empty, try entering a part of the full name.

Example 1: John Doe or Joe West or Doe West
Example 2: ACME Laboratory or ACME

For best results, perform a search without the “Sdn Bhd” as it might cover more results.

Search result interface

2. Arrangement order of the name is now important

There has been changes to this. Previously the order of the name does not matter. Results are always return with the latest court case on top. So if you search for John West (which is his exact name), we may return results for John Doe West (a different person) at the top of the result because it is the latest court case.

Changes have been made so that arrangement of name now matters because we want to increase the search accuracy. So if you search for John West, we will NOT return any results for John Doe West or West John. But if we found 0 results for John West, then only we will return cases for John Doe West and West John.

Search result sidebar

3. What is the difference between Closest and Possible Matches?

We have also added a new feature called Search Mode at the search results sidebar where you can choose between Closest Matches or Possible Matches.

With Closest Match, when you search for John West, we do not return results for John Doe West or West John.

With Possible Match, we return results for John Doe West and West John and we only highlight in green for John West matches.

For either of the Matches, we do not leave out any part of the names when doing the search. So if the name that you’re searching has 3 parts, all 3 parts will be match.

Example for ACME Laboratory Holdings, we will not return results where the party name is just ACME Laboratory or ACME.

Also, A.B. ACME Laboratory is NOT the same as A.<space>B. ACME Laboratory.

So it is best you search first for ACME then later increase the accuracy by searching for ACME Laboratory, otherwise you might missed out on certain cases.

4. Use the Search Filter to remove unwanted search results

If your search results span many pages, you would want to use the Year filter to easily find older cases.

If you would like to see only Federal Court cases, use the Court filter.

5. Do not give up if you get a zero search result

  • Remove any title or salutation from the name (e.g Dr, Datuk, Dato).
  • Remove binti, bt, bin, a/l, al/p from the name.
  • Public name and actual name could be different.
  • Court records may not always use the same person’s name in the same arrangement order. Example: There is one case for John Junior Doe West and another case showing for John Doe West. Both are the same person.
  • Company may be operating under a group or subsidiary.

6. John Doe may not be the same person that you’re searching for

The world’s population is so huge that more than 1 person may have the exact same name. From our search results, you are not able to verify if the case belongs to the same person that you’re searching for because the results are not tied to any identification number.

7. Search for multiple parties in the same lawsuit

Oh yes, you can easily search for 2 or more entities in the same lawsuit by using a comma.

Example: John, Jennifer, ACME Sdn Bhd

8. Double quotes are not required

Unlike our Judgment Search where you would need to use double quotes around a phrase for accuracy (e.g. “mareva injunction”), you do not need one for Lawsuit Search.

9. Want to get more details about a lawsuit?

Lawsuit search result can at most provide you with the name of the parties in the lawsuit, dates and location, but what if you would like to know more details about the lawsuit? Like why is the plaintiff suing the defendant?

That’s where the Request for File Search button comes in.

File Search is an optional service where you can get all downloadable documents filed by each party on the e-Filing portal.