About Supreme Court Observer

Supreme Court Observer is a public research tool related to the United States Supreme Court, providing a valuable resource for the study of Supreme Court cases. The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest court of the land, so its opinions are vitally important. Every American should thus be aware of what is taking place at the Supreme Court. The purpose of Supreme Court Observer is to help keep us informed about the past and present actions of the Supreme Court.

Read or listen to recordings of thousands of oral arguments made before the Supreme Court. Some of these hour-long recordings are as entertaining as they are instructive. We also publish the text of over 20,000 Supreme Court decisions and dissenting opinions. Search cases by case title, party name, topic, citation, US Reports volume, or docket number.

View lists of upcoming arguments, recent arguments, or recent decisions in the US Supreme Court.  Familiarize yourself with the current Justices of the Supreme Court.  Our search page facilitates looking up cases by Docket No., U.S. Reports citation, volume number, term, party name, or keyword.

Official publications of Supreme Court cases are found in 568 volumes entitled U.S. Reports. We list all 568 volumes of U.S. Reports to facilitate your search for cases by U.S. Reports Volume Number. There may be a considerable delay from the time a case is decided and when official publication is available in the US Reports bound volumes. In the interim the Court issues slip opinions. Cases found in volumes 502 (1991) through 551 (2006) are available here in PDF form as presented in the bound volumes. The text of earlier opinions are presented in text or HTML format. Later case decisions are taken from slip opinions as released by the Court in PDF format.

DISCLAIMER: We make no claims or guaranties regarding the accuracy or completeness of any information contained herein. Please note that Official Supreme Court caselaw is found only in the print version of the United States Reports. If you are citing cases for presentation to any Court, be certain to use official sources.The American system of jurisprudence is based largely on case law, court decisions which set precedent in the interpretation of the law. When lawyers argue issues before any court, the rulings issued in previous cases by that court or others can be persuasive. Interpretation of the law by higher courts may not only be persuasive, but authoritative.


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