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Updated May 24, 2016.

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This page identifies free sources for opinions and related material from the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and other federal courts.

For related information see the Gallagher guides on Court Briefs & Oral Arguments and Court Reporters.


U.S. Supreme Court

Decisions

Source

Dates

Access & Restrictions

Format

Notes

HeinOnline

1754-date

UW Restricted

PDF images of official U.S. Reports & slip opinions

Ravel Law + 1754-date free text search by parties, citation, or keyword
Library of Congress / HeinOnline 1754-2004 free PDF images of official U.S. Reports browse by volume and page

Google Scholar

1791-date

free

html

Justia

1759-last year

free

text

search by U.S. reports citation, party name, or keyword

Public Library
of Law

1754-date

free, but registration is required

text

search by keyword

OpenJurist

1790-date

free

text

search by keyword

Findlaw

1893-date

free

text

search by U.S. Reports citation, party name, or keyword

LexisNexis Academic

1790-date

UW Restricted

text

search by citation, party name, or keyword

Legal Information Institute (Cornell)

1803-1991 (selected)

free

text

more than 600 historically significant cases; search by topic, party, or author of the opinion

Legal Information Institute (Cornell)

1990-date free HTML & PDF include links to cited sources (U.S. Code, CFR, other cases) that are also available at LII

FedWorld

1937-75

free

text

Federal Legal Information Through Electronics (FLITE) database from the Air Force

Supreme Court

1991-date

free

text & PDF (bound volumes)

useful for recent slip opinions & bound volumes (vol. 502-date)

U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) 1937-75 free text Federal Legal Information Through Electronics (FLITE) database from the Air Force

+ For more information about Ravel Law, see the FAQ page, the Tour page, and/or the Gallagher blogs post (Dec. 3, 2013).

Other Material

Willamette Law Online: "same-day summaries of certiorari granted, oral arguments, and decisions;" arranged by date, from 2011.

Dockets from the Supreme Court: searchable.

Dates of Supreme Court Decisions and Arguments, United States Reports Volumes 2-107 (1791-1882) from the Supreme Court. A useful list for citation purposes because the early reporters did not include the year of decisions.

Pronouncing Dictionary of the Supreme Court of the United States, from the Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library.
Hear pronunciations of names of parties in Supreme Court cases; arrangeable by case name and U.S.Reports citation.

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U.S. Courts for the Ninth Circuit Decisions

Source

Dates

Access & Restrictions

Format

Notes

LexisNexis Academic

1855-date

UW Restricted

text

searchable; other circuit courts available (coverage varies)

Google Scholar

1923-date

free

html

searchable; other circuit courts available (1923-date)

Ravel Law + 1925-date free text searchable; other circuit courts available (1925-date)

Justia

1951-date

free

text

searchable; other circuit courts available (1951-date)

OpenJurist

1880-date

free

text

searchable; other circuit courts available (1880-date)

9th Cir. Court of Appeals

1995-date

free

text

searchable, arranged by date or docket no.

Findlaw

1994-date

free

text

searchable by party name, docket no., or keyword;
other circuit courts available (coverage varies)

Willamette Law Online

2004-date

free

summaries

email subscription available

GPO FDsys 2004-date free PDF searchable; slip opinions
Public Library of Law 1950-date free, but registration is required text searchable; other circuit courts available (1950-date)

+ For more information about Ravel Law, see the FAQ page, the Tour page, and/or the Gallagher blogs post (Dec. 3, 2013).

See also the hour-long video, Judges Offer Inside Look at Appellate Courts (U.S. Courts, May 18, 2016).

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U.S. District Courts Decisions

The following sources provide opinions for courts in Eastern District and Western District of Washington.

CourtWEB: searchable; only Eastern District of Washington opinions available

LexisNexis Academic: all dates, searchable. UW Restricted

Google Scholar: appellate, bankruptcy, district, and tax courts, 1923-date, searchable.

GPO FDsys: selected appellate, bankruptcy, and district courts. 87 courts as of June, 2014; includes Eastern District of Washington opinions (2005-date). Digitally signed PDFs. 2004-date.

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