U.S. Supreme Court
Supreme Court's official website provides researchers with docket information,
court orders, court rules, case handling guides, public information,
etc. Most notable, however, are the full text transcripts of oral arguments
since October 2000, and information available through the Opinions link.
Slip opinions are posted within hours of issuance. Through the Opinions
link, researchers can access the slip opinions and slip lists, which
provide the U. S. Reports volume and part numbers for a particular preliminary
print. The entire contents of the bound volumes of the U.S. Reports
are available beginning with volume 502 (1991). While the Supreme Court's
website does not provide a full retrospective collection of its decisions,
a Case Citation Finder provides a complete listing of all cases, setting
forth the official citations for every signed, per curiam, and in-chambers
opinion published (or soon to be published) in the U.S. Reports.
Court Collection at LII
Information Institute (LII) offers full-text Supreme Court opinions
from 1990 to the present, searchable by subject, citation, name, or
date. A collection of select historic opinions is also available, organized
by author, topic, and party. Researchers can locate new opinions on
the day of the decision, and can subscribe via email to the LII Bulletin,
which distributes a synopsis or syllabi of new decisions within hours
after the information is released.
Supreme Court Center
on FindLaw are the U.S. Supreme Court's Records and Briefs from the
1999-2000 term to the present, organized alphabetically by case name.
This site includes U.S. Supreme Court decisions from 1893 to the present,
in a searchable database using name, citation, or keyword. Like LII,
FindLaw offers a current awareness service, distributing summaries of
decisions shortly after release. FindLaw uses a Shepards-like tool.
Researchers select "Cases citing this case: Supreme Court"
or "Cases citing this case: Federal Circuit courts" to locate
other Supreme Court or Courts of Appeals cases citing to the found case.
Oyez Project at Northwestern University
access to oral arguments presented before the U.S. Supreme Court in
audio format. Researchers can listen to attorneys argue their cases
by using Real Audio. Recordings currently date back to 1961 for selected
cases. These cases can be searched by case name, topic, citation, or
date. New audio files appear on Oyez about ten months after the term
in which the case was heard. Other features include biographical information
about the Justices and their voting records. A link is provided to Northwestern
University's Medill School of Journalism, an excellent current awareness
resource for locating articles regarding current Supreme Court cases.