Use the options below to find federal and state court cases. You'll also find information and documents about cases using the Legal and Newspaper links listed in the Primary Source section of this guide
Includes U.S. Supreme Court decisions from 1790-present. Also includes U.S. Appellate Courts and U.S. District Courts from their inception plus specialty courts such as U.S. Bankruptcy and U.S. Tax Courts
Finding a specific case:
To look up a case by citation, type in the citation for the case in the "By Citation" box, then click on "Go"
If you know the names of the parties, type them in the "By Parties" box and click on "Go". It does not matter which order the parties are entered in. You can also run the search if you only know one party and the name is unique.
If you are looking up a Landmark Supreme Court Case, such as Roe v. Wade, you can use the link provided at the bottom of the "Look up a Legal Case" form to go to the Landmark Cases search form. This is a list of direct links to Landmark Supreme Court Cases sorted alphabetically by topic, then by year, then alphabetically by party name.
Finding cases by topic:
Enter unique terms that relate to important issues and facts involved in your topic into the "by Topic" box, then click on "Go"
U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs 1832-1978 is a fully searchable database of approximately 11 million pages and more than 350,000 separate documents related to the Supreme Court from 1832-1978.
Approximately 150,000 Supreme Court cases are featured, the majority consisting of those for which the Court did not give a full opinion. U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs comprises over 150,000 cases from the generation before the American Civil War to the decade of the Vietnam War and Watergate. It covers every aspect of law: civil rights law; constitutional law; corporate law; environmental law; gender law; labor law; legal history and legal theory; property law; taxation; trademark and intellectual property law, among other subjects.