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United States Supreme Court

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Opinions

  • Dates: Varies by source
  • Access: Password required for LexisNexis and Westlaw
  • Description: BNA U.S. Law Week (Law School campus access only) offers access to opinions from 1995 to date; FedWorld contains decisions from 1937 to 1975; FindLaw has opinions from 1893 to present; LexisNexis (filename USLED) contains opinions from 1790 to present; GPO Access contains text of opinions from 1937 to 1975 and 1992 to 2000; Supreme Court site offers access to opinions from 2006 term to date; Westlaw has opinions from 1790 to 1944 (filename SCT-OLD) and from 1945 to present (filename SCT).

Records and Briefs

  • Dates: Varies by source
  • Access: Password required for LexisNexis, Westlaw
  • Description: Provides full text of records and briefs filed before U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs (BC access only) contains records and briefs from 1832-1978; merit briefs from current session available from American Bar Association; LexisNexis (filename BRIEFS) contains briefs from January 1979 to present; Westlaw (filename SCT-BRIEF) contains briefs from 1990 to present; FindLaw contains briefs from October 1999 to present.


Oral Argument

  • Dates: Varies by source
  • Access: Password required for LexisNexis, Westlaw
  • Description: LexisNexis (filename USTRAN) provides access to transcripts from 1979 to present; Westlaw (filename SCT-ORALARG) provides access to printed transcripts from 1990 to present; the Oyez Project provides audio archives of oral arguments from U.S. Supreme Court in streaming audio format: complete coverage from 1995 to present; selective coverage from 1955 to 1994.

Rules

Docket

  • Dates: Varies by source
  • Access: Password required for LexisNexis, Westlaw
  • Description: Court's docket for current and prior term only through the Supreme Court; LexisNexis (filename USLED) and Westlaw (filename SCT) provide for docket number searches.

Commentary

  • Dates: Varies
  • Access: BC access
  • Description: CQ Supreme Court Collections contains opinions, historical analysis, recent updates, and commentary about Supreme Court decisions, justices, and U.S. Constitution.