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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
The reading room is open during the library's regular hours.
The Law Reference Desk is staffed :
Tuesday, 9-12 and 2-4
Wednesday - Friday, 10-12 and 2-4
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.
About the United States Supreme Court
The United States Supreme Court is the highest court in the federal system, also known as the "court of last resort." This court is the final arbiter of federal constitutional law. Below are selected links from the official website of the U.S. Supreme Court that will further explain their role and function in our court system.
United States Supreme Court Website
Connecticut State Library Resources
For additional print resources, please see a librarian or search our catalog.
Records and Briefs of the United States Supreme Court
Our collection includes U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs from 1885 - present (some years incomplete). They are organized by docket number. 1980 - present are on the 7th floor of the library stacks. Please see a librarian to request items prior to 1980 from our offiste storage location.
The Supreme Court Justices
Call Number: KF8744 .S86 2013
Publication Date: 2012, 3rd edition
This single-volume book profiles every Supreme Court justice from John Jay through Elena Kagan.
Supreme Court Practice
Call Number: KF9057 .S8 2013
Publication Date: 2013, 10th edition
This treatise offers guidance on every aspect of prosecuting and defending a case before the Supreme Court. It includes a table of cases, an extensive index, a table of rules and laws, and more.
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.
U.S. executive, judicial, and legislative materials digitized by the Law Library Microform Consortium.Coverage: National; Updated: Monthly.
U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978
Primary judicial documents presented to the United States Supreme Court. Coverage: 1832-1978.
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.
Rules of Court
United States Supreme Court Rules
This page includes the court rules, a summary of rule changes, guidelines for argument, and guidelines for electronic brief submission.
Cornell Legal Information institute
Official Supreme Court Reports
All United States Supreme Court opinions are published. The official reporter and its citation abbreviation are below.
Bound Volumes Online
Only the print version of the United States Reports is official; however, volumes from 1991 (vol. 502) to present are available on the Supreme Court website for reference.
Unofficial Supreme Court Reports
Two legal publishers, West and LexisNexis, publish unofficial U. S. Supreme Court opinions. Both publishers include editorial enhancements to facilitate the research process. The reporters and their citation formats are:
- United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawyers' Edition
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