U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs
November 24, 2009 at 4:55 PM
If you want to learn more about a U.S. Supreme Court case, primary sources of information are the briefs the parties submitted to the Court and the record of the case from the lower courts. The law library has a microfiche set of Supreme Court records and briefs covering the 1897/1898 - 2001/2002 terms. For each case where there was a full opinion (not a per curiam opinion) in the United States Reports, the microfiche will typically reproduce the petition for certiorari and the brief opposing it, the briefs on the merits (appellant's opening brief, respondent's brief, and appellants' reply brief), and the record or joint appendix. The record or joint appendix will contain the relevant parts of the case's proceedings in the lower courts.
The microfiche are shelved in the law library's microform cabinets. The call number for the set is KF101.9 .U7 . Their OSCAR record is available at this link.
To use the microfiche, you will need to know the citation to the case in the United States Reports. Cases in 168 U.S. through 413 U.S. are arranged by their volume number in the United States Reports. Cases from 414 U.S. through 536 U.S. are arranged according to their docket number (the docket number will be found at the beginning of the case report).
The microfiche are arranged as follows in the microfiche drawers:
1) Original jurisdiction cases (no. 5 - no. 130)
2) 168 U.S. - 413 U.S. volume numbers
3) 71-1631 - 01-8419 docket numbers