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Publication of Opinions

Slip Opinions: Opinions are first issued as slip opinions.  Then, "preliminary prints" of the United States Reports (the official case reporter of U.S. Supreme Court cases) are printed.  About 3 years later, once the Court has made its final corrections, the United States Reports bound volumes are printed.  The bound print volumes are located on the second floor and are available in PDF on the Supreme Court website.

As of August 9, 2017, the most recent bound volume available on the Court's website is vol. 564, October Term, 2010.

See the Supreme Court's site for Information About Opinions.

United States Reports

The United States Reports is an official reporter and contains the final opinions of the United States Supreme Court. Preliminary Prints are available in print and online.


sample citation: 531 U.S. 98 (2000)

Supreme Court Reporter (West)

West's Supreme Court Reporter is an unofficial reporter but contains the opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States along with headnotes, Key Numbers, and synopses. PDF versions are available on Westlaw.

sample citation:  121 S.Ct. 525 (2000)

Supreme Court Reports Lawyers' Edition (Lexis)

 

Lexis's United States Supreme Court Reports (also called "Lawyer's Edition") is an unofficial reporter but contains the opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States along with headnotes, summaries and annotations.

sample citation: 148 L. Ed. 2d 388 (2000)

Finding Aids in Print

Digests

Digests are annotated indexes to reported cases, providing brief statements of court holdings or facts of the case. They can be used to locate cases by legal topic or by case name. They are updated by pocket parts and advance sheets. Pocket parts are paperback supplements inserted into a volume's back cover; advance sheets are paperback books printed before the bound volumes are ready.

  1. United States Supreme Court Digest
    Indexes opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States by legal topic or by case name.

  2. West's Federal Practice Digest
    Indexes opinions of the federal courts by legal topic or by case name.

Finding Tool

  1. West's Analysis of American Law: With Key Number Classifications 
    Outline of all West digest topics, key numbers and subtopics.

Official Reports Online

Unofficial Reports Online (commercial sources)

Unofficial Reports Online (free sources)