The 2010-2011 term of the U.S. Supreme Court begins this week. Below are some our favorite (and free!) online Supreme Court resources which can help you track cases, find opinions, locate news, analysis and other resources such as briefs and recordings of oral arguments.
The official site of the U.S. Supreme Court provides docket information, an interactive Court calendar, a case citation finder, information on bar admissions, court rules and official opinions from United States Reports, 1991 – present, and much more.
Find free full text opinions of the court from 1791 – present at Justia’s Supreme Court Center as well as links to other Supreme Court resources and news.
Listen to digital recordings of U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments or review the biographies of the 100+ justices that have served on the Supreme Court. Oyez also provides news concerning the U.S. Supreme Court and a listing of cases argued but not decided. Search or browse the site’s collection of U.S. Supreme Court cases to find an abstract of a case, its participants (justices, attorneys), audio files (if available) of the oral argument and oral opinion, a transcript of the oral argument (if available) and a link to the written opinion.
Cornell’s LII provides access to Project Hermes bench opinions issued since May, 1990. Users may browse current and archived decisions by topic, author and party. The LII also publishes the LII Bulletin, an online journal written and edited by second and third year law students. The Bulletin provides previews and summaries of cases currently before the US Supreme Court (archives of previous terms are also available). Bulletin content is available for free on the site and by email subscription.
The SCOTUSblog covers the United States Supreme Court and generally reports on every merits case before the Court at least three times: prior to argument, after argument, and after the decision. In certain cases, the Blog has invited advocates to record summaries of their arguments for podcasts. Users may also find merits and amicus briefs as well as certiorari-stage documents from 2007 to present.
The Supreme Court Database is a great resource for researchers of the Court. Go to their Analysis section to search and filter your results by decision type, issues, case outcome, originating court, Justice and much, much more.
The Justia Portal Team