DAWSON Release Notes


See below for more information about additional code deployed to DAWSON since its launch on December 28, 2020. For questions or comments email ​dawson.support@ustaxcourt.gov​. These Release Notes are also available as a PDF.


September 18, 2022

  • The docket record can now be filtered so that parties to a case can view only those docket entries coded with exhibit-related event codes.
  • The Today’s Orders page now sorts orders processed in consolidated cases appropriately.

August 21, 2022

  • Corrected rules reference on the Notice of Receipt of Petition.

August 14, 2022

  • Updated the text on the Opinion Search page to reflect all Online Cited Sources in opinions after July 1, 2016, can be viewed on the associated docket record.

July 17, 2022

  • Resolved issue where Practitioners experience a blank white screen when searching for a sealed case by docket number.

July 10, 2022

  • Any online sourced citations in opinions filed after July 11, 2022, can now be viewed directly from the associated docket record.

June 12, 2022

  • Added additional help text regarding how to gain eAccess to existing cases and how to pay the filing fee to the initial screen that a petitioner sees when first registering for an account.

June 5, 2022

  • Coversheets for Notice of Change of Email Address, Notice of Change of Telephone Number, and Notice of Change of Address now include the docket index entry number of the document.

May 15, 2022

  • Cover sheets now include the docket index entry number of the document (e.g., the petition would have a “Document No. 1” on the coversheet).

May 5, 2022

  • The “Filed By” value for private practitioner e-filed case access documents now reflect the name of the actual filer, not the party they represent.
  • If a pro se petitioner's requested place of trial has a low income taxpayer clinic available, a notice will now be automatically appended to the Notice of Receipt of Petition and the Notice Setting Case for Trial.

March 27, 2022

  • Implemented style change to Orders generated in DAWSON to conform to the Court’s new style guide requirements.

March 6, 2022

  • Improved document upload process
  • Improved formatting of the title “Notice of Change of Email Address” on the docket record

January 9, 2022

  • Improved consistency for headers across multiple page orders

December 27, 2021

  • Implemented opinion search for public users.
    • Includes keyword and phrase search.
    • Includes ability to find exact matches with "" (quotation marks) ex: "Premium Tax Credit".
    • Includes ability to combine two or more keywords or phrases with the (plus sign) ex: "fraud" "sanctions".
    • Includes ability to find documents with one or more keywords or phrases with the | (pipe character) ex: "fraud" | "sanctions" [Note: this search will return documents with the words fraud or sanctions].
    • Includes ability to filter by date, judge, case title, petitioner name, or docket number.
    • Includes ability to filter by opinion type.

December 19, 2021

  • Updated the Notice of Receipt of Petition form.
  • Added Motion to Proceed Remotely to the dropdown list of available documents.
  • Improved system time-out function to minimize disruptions during active use.

December 13, 2021

  • Implemented Order search for public users
    • Includes keyword and phrase search
    • Includes ability to find exact matches with "" (quotation marks) ex: "innocent spouse"
    • Includes ability to combine two or more keywords or phrases with the + (plus sign) ex: "collection due process" + remand
    • Includes ability to find documents with one or more keywords or phrases with the | (pipe character) ex: Lien | levy [Note: this search will return documents that contain the words "lien" or "levy"]
    • Includes ability to filter by date, judge, case title, petitioner name, or docket number
  • Petitions and other documents with form fields now upload correctly for all browsers

November 10, 2021

  • Petitioner service preference and email address update correctly after a petitioner gains eAccess to a previously-started case.

October 19, 2021

  • A Notice of Change of Email Address will now be generated when a party's email is first added to DAWSON, or an existing address is changed.

October 11, 2021

  • Parties can now e-file documents in cases closed longer than 6 months.

September 19, 2021

  • Parties can no longer be served documents in a case if the petition is not yet served.
  • DAWSON can now be placed in Maintenance Mode if there is ever a need for system downtime.

August 29, 2021

  • Removed Notice of Change of Address, Notice of Change of Phone Number, and Notice of Change of Address and Phone Number from documents that may be electronically filed [Note: User should update address and/or phone number within DAWSON]

August 15, 2021

  • Improved deployment processes
  • Improved service process

July 18, 2021

  • Improved error messaging and logging for application failures.
  • Improved phone number formatting.
  • Improved consistency of served party code display on docket record.

July 11, 2021

  • Improved alignment of document links.
  • Removed the deployed timestamp on startup.
  • Improved link to view practitioner information within case.

July 1, 2021

  • eAccess is now available to all petitioners, intervenors, and participants.
  • Improved format of printable docket record.

June 23, 2021

  • Improved partiesʼ display on the Review Your Filing screen.
  • Improved keyboard navigation.

June 22, 2021

  • Improved validation on consolidated cases.

June 19, 2021

  • Improvements made to the user interface:
    • “Petitioner”, “Respondent”, and “Other” tabs under Case Information have been combined into a one “Party” tab.
    • Counsel is now listed on the same screen as the party they represent.
    • Intervenor/Participant subtab will only appear if there is an intervenor or participant on the case.
    • eAccess is now available for secondary petitioners.
  • Improved consistency with respect to Entered & Served date on all dispositive documents.

June 10, 2021

  • Improved pagination for eFiled documents.

June 6, 2021

  • Added “Not Served” indicator on Document Detail for unserved Petitions viewed on mobile devices.
  • Revised the Review Your Case screen for disclosure cases so that “Disclosure1” now reads “Disclosure”.
  • Added scrolling for eFiling a document.
  • Revised Certificate of Service date format on printable Receipt of Filing.
  • Revised capitalization on Docket Number search for mobile devices.
  • Revised eFiling success message styling.
  • Improved validation messaging from shifting submit buttons on advanced case search.
  • Changed petitioner address font on Notice of Receipt of Petition.
  • Public Docket Record now populates served Parties column.

May 1, 2021

  • Improvement: Increased maximum character count for the title of a lodged document submitted with a Motion for Leave.

April 21, 2021

  • Practitioners can now update their firm name.

April 18, 2021

  • Improved accessibility for screen-readers.
  • Implemented logic to ensure that Corrected and Revised Transcripts are viewable to the parties 90 days after the proceeding.

April 11, 2021

  • Improvement: Receipt of Filing now displays the accurate Eastern Standard time the document was filed.

March 28, 2021

  • Improvement: Today’s Orders can be sorted by time served (oldest to newest and vice versa) and page count (highest to lowest and vice versa).

March 20, 2021

  • Improvement: Transcripts with trial/hearing dates more than 90 days ago are visible to parties.

March 7, 2021

  • Improvement: The Court can provide petitioners with electronic access to their existing cases. Petitioners should submit a request to dawson.support@ustaxcourt.gov and a letter with additional information will be mailed to them.
  • Improvement: The Printable Docket Record now includes counsel information for both parties.
  • Users can now preview PDF documents that are larger than 2MB before eFiling.

February 22, 2021

  • Improvement: Petitioners and practitioners can change the email used for login and service through their DAWSON account.
  • Improvement: Bench Opinions now display as part of Today’s Opinions.
  • The DAWSON application itself now provides a link to these release notes. See “What’s New in DAWSON” in the footer next to the link for “Frequently Asked Questions”.

January 31, 2021

  • Electronic signatures visible in all PDF previews
  • Improvement to public docket record display of consistent event codes, filings, and proceedings
    • All lodged documents show on the Docket Record with the event code ofMISCL.
    • Parenthetical text (i.e. Attachments, Certificate of Service, Objections) now display as part of the Filings and Proceedings for all views of the Docket Record.

January 25, 2021

  • Improvement: Text fields
    • Document free text fields can now accept up to 1000 characters, and will show a helpful error message when the limit is reached.
    • The complete document title now accepts up to 3000 characters total, and will inform the user when the limit is reached.
  • Left-align titles that expand to multiple lines on the “Today’s Orders” table

January 17, 2021

  • Improve consistent application of cover sheets
  • Improve accuracy of page counts shown on Docket Record

January 10, 2021

  • Implement posting of Today's Orders
  • Improve ​mo​bile scrolling for Printable ​Docket Record
  • Allow petitioner names with ​special characters (​') in case search
  • Improve mobile viewing of PDFs on the “Review Your Case” screen

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