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Court Information: Federal Courts

This research guide provides information and resources related to Connecticut State Courts, other State Courts, Federal Courts, and the United States Supreme CourtClick on the tabs above to access Connecticut State Library print and electronic resources, court websites, and other external links and resources.

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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

For additional electronic resources, please see a librarian or our list of databases

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
    • F., F.2d, F.3d
  • Federal Appendix
    • F. App. 
  • Federal Supplement
    • F. Supp., F. Supp. 2d
  • Federal Rules Decisions
    • F.R.D.


Specialized federal court reporters include the Bankruptcy Reporter, Military Justice Reporter, Federal Claims Reporter, and the Veterans Appeals Reporter.

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