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S UPREME COURT

Supreme Court of the United States
Opinions, oral arguments, case handling guides, rules, bar admission forms and instructions, visitors' guides, special notices, press releases, and general information. Full text U.S. Reports bound from 502 to date. Slip opinions will be posted on the official website within hours after the bench opinions are transmitted to Hermes subscribers.

Understanding the Federal Courts (U.S. Courts)
How the U.S. Courts operate including structure, the path a case takes, information about judges, and a glossary.

U.S.Consititution: Interpretation and Analysis (GPO)
The Supreme Court's interpretation of the Constitution. Available in Adobe and text format.
Print copy available in Gov. Pub. Reference

FindLaw
Excellent, comprehensive free site for searching Supreme Court Opinions 1893 (U.S. 150) to present. Search by year, citation, party name, and full text with results displayed in a choice of three formats: full text, highlight hits and summaries. Searching is fast. Findlaw also offers a legal subject index, legal association links, state law resources, lawyers and much more.
United States Reports are available in print in the Gov Pubs Department

Fedworld.Gov
300 through 422 of US Reports, 1937-1975

United States Reports
1992+ from Hermes, uploaded daily
Flite These opinions from 1937-1975 were created from the U.S. Air Force historic file of Supreme Court decisions from its FLITE (Federal Legal Information Through Electronics) system. The database is made available to the public as a finding aid to the "official" version in the United States Reports, therefore, GPO does not guarantee the authenticity or completeness of the data.

Oyez

In an interesting approach, this site provides basic information about major constitutional Supreme Court cases with digital recordings of the courts proceedings.

Supreme Court Washington Post
Docket, summaries of major cases and articles from the Post. Good for general information.

 

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F EDERAL S TATE AND CIRCUIT C OURTS

Federal Judicial Center
The Federal Courts' agency for research and continuing education provides PDF format publications dealing with court administration, criminal law and procedure, judicial activities and other subjects pertinent to courts.

State Case Law (Law Research)

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L AW BY SUBJECT

 

Findlaw
Excellent site which includes in addition to Supreme Court Decisions a Subject Index of Legal Resources. Some forty subjects include Cyberspace Law, Legal Theory and Family Law

Constitutional Law (Law Research)


CITATIONS

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (1995-96 ed.) (Cornell University Law School)


ETHICS

American Legal Ethics Library (Cornell University Law School)
The American Legal Ethics Library contains rules or codes, ethics opinions, judicial conduct codes, legal commentaries, and other materials relating to the law governing lawyers. Codes or rules are available for most of the nation's 50 states.

ETHICS: The Internet Law Library


SEARCH ENGINES

Legal Engine.com
In addition to access to cases, this site provides a legal dictionary, online forms and much more.

META-INDEX is a page of search screens for Supreme Court Cases and Circuit Courts from various sites

 





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