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This research guide provides information and resources related to Connecticut State Courts, other State Courts, Federal Courts, and the United States Supreme Court. Click on the tabs above to access Connecticut State Library print and electronic resources, court websites, and other external links and resources.
Law & Legislative Reference Services
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Case Law Research Databases
These subscription databases can be used with a Connecticut State Library Card.
The external links below are provided as an information service only. They provide free case law, but do not include a citator service.
Selected links on the United States Courts Website
The United States Courts website explains the role and structure of the federal courts. Below are selected links from their official website.
Federal Courts and Connecticut
Connecticut is part of the Second Circuit in the Federal Court System. The Second Circuit includes Connecticut, New York, and Vermont. Connecticut District Courts are located in Bridgeport, Hartford, and New Haven. The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is located in New York City. See the links below for more information about these federal courts.
Connecticut State Library Resources
For additional print resources, please see a librarian or search our catalog.
Federal Court of Appeals Manual
Call Number: KF9052 .K63 2013
Publication Date: 2013, 6th edition
This treatise takes the reader through the federal appeals process. It includes extensive case citations, sample forms, analysis of statutes, and analysis of federal rules of procedure.
Federal Practice and Procedure
Call Number: KF8840 .W68
This multi-volume set covers all aspects of federal civil, criminal and appellate procedure, including court rules, rules of evidence, the federal judicial system, jurisdiction of all federal courts, venue, relation of state and federal courts, etc.
Moore's Federal Practice
Call Number: KF8820.A313 M63
Moore's Federal Practice is a comprehensive multi-volume set that includes the federal rules of procedure with extensive commentary, analysis, and related court decisions. It is written by judges, lawyers, and professors who have been involved in federal rulemaking.
Understanding Federal Courts and Jurisdiction
Call Number: KF8719 .M85 2015
Publication Date: 2015, 2nd edition
This book, from the LexisNexis Understanding Series, offers a complete overview of the complex constitutional principles and doctrines governing the federal judicial system.
For additional electronic resources, please see a librarian or our list of databases.
Includes primary law from all 50 states as well as treatise libraries on elder law, employment law, estate planning, evidence law, family law, insurance law, personal injury law, real estate law, remedies, and more.
Comprehensive historical collection of legal and law-related material, including many North American legal journals. Coverage: From 1800s to present. Continually adding new content.
History of Bankruptcy: Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III (HeinOnline)
Includes legislative histories, treatises, documents and more related to bankruptcy law in America. It also includes classic books dating back to the late 1800s and links to scholarly articles that are related to the study of bankruptcy in America.
U.S. executive, judicial, and legislative materials digitized by the Law Library Microform Consortium.Coverage: National; Updated: Monthly.
PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) Coverage: Geographic: United States federal courts. Dates of coverage varies with jurisdiction. Please ask a Librarian for login assistance.
Thomson Reuters Westlaw (formerly WestlawNext) offers current and historical state and federal statutes, case law materials, periodicals, law reviews, and other legal resources. Coverage: 50 States; District of Columbia; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeal; Federal District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts.
Court Records in PACER
Find a case in PACER. PACER (Public Access to Court Records) includes United States Federal Court records. Dates of coverage varies by jurisdiction. Please ask a librarian for login assistance.
National Reporter System - Federal
West's National Reporter System includes federal caselaw. West includes unofficial editorial enhancements to facilitate the research process. The reporters and their citation abbreviations are shown below.
- Federal Reporter
- Federal Appendix
- Federal Supplement
- Federal Rules Decisions
Specialized federal court reporters include the Bankruptcy Reporter, Military Justice Reporter, Federal Claims Reporter, and the Veterans Appeals Reporter.
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