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Gale U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs (1832-1978) - This is the most comprehensive online resource available for U.S. Supreme Court records and briefs. Search case name, citation, or full-text.
Lexis Advance - Lexis provides a good selection of recent court briefs.
Bloomberg Law - Briefs can be located several ways using Bloomberg Law search features:
LLMC Digital - A searchable collection of archival legal literature, case reports, statutes and documents. LLMC Digital provides online records and briefs for selected California and New York cases. Click on Search Collections and then the Records & Briefs tab to search or browse briefs. Records and briefs for the New York Court of Appeals cover the time period 1863-1991. California case records and briefs are available for various dates, with some as early as the nineteenth century.
There are a few free online sources for court briefs but none of them are comprehensive.
It is difficult to find briefs before 1832 because the Supreme Court did not order records in cases to be printed until the January Term 1832 (i.e., 6 Peters). We recommend contacting the National Archives and Records Administration regarding its records and briefs holdings.
The Library does have an Index of Cases before 1832 in the book Landmark Briefs and Arguments of the Supreme Court of the United States: Constitutional Law - KF 101.9 L36. The cases listed are:
The library has available, in print or microform, records and briefs for the following jurisdictions:
The print collection of California briefs is currently shelved in limited access off-site compact shelving. These volumes will be moved to the 5th floor collection in Summer 2020. Special indexes for the bound volumes of California records and briefs are located at the Reference Desk.
All of the micrographic holdings are in the 4th floor Micrographics Room, except for the 1996-2014 California briefs, which are in limited access 5th floor storage. The currency of the microform records and briefs differs by jurisdiction and is dependent on the microform publisher. Users should consult with a reference librarian for assistance in locating the records and briefs for specific opinions.
A Union List of Appellate Court Records and Briefs: Federal and State, by Michael Whiteman & Peter Scott Campbell
Appellate court records and briefs are a useful resource for legal research, offering a wealth of background information on cases that may explain the reasoning behind judicial opinions. This book highlights the availability of both free and fee-based resources, and also includes information about libraries and archives that maintain briefs in print and microform. This book is divided into four sections: United States Supreme Court, United States Circuit Courts of Appeals, State Final Appellate Courts, and State Intermediate Appellate Courts.
U.S. Supreme Court - Where to Find Briefs
Landmark Briefs and Arguments of the Supreme Court of the United States - Index
American Association of Law Libraries - A Union List of Appellate Court Records and Briefs
Georgetown Law Library - Briefs, Oral Arguments & Other Court Documents Research Guide
Boston University School of Law - Strategies for Finding Briefs
Duke Law - Court Records and Briefs
Law Library of Congress - U.S. Supreme Court Records & Briefs
Harvard Law School - Records, Briefs & Court Findings
Gallagher Law Library - Court Briefs & Oral Arguments: U.S. Supreme Court