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Issued between 1937 and 1975

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Contains 7,407 Decisions from volumes 300 through 422 of US Reports.

This system contains the full text of 7,407 U.S. Supreme Court Decisions from 1937 to 1975. Decisions are available as ASCII text files that can be read on your browser's screen or saved to your hard drive and accessed by using most word processor programs. Most Decisions are very large and may take a while to download if you have a slow internet connection. After conducting a search, the search results screen lists the size of the Decision in bytes so that you can esimate download times.

Currently available search strategies are simple. We expect that most users will know the case name of the decision they need and will most likely use the Case Name search option. Otherwise, you may use the full text search option, but beware that the size of the database and the number of words (14.5 million) may require that conduct a number of searches to find what you are looking for.

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roe V. wade
united states V. nixon
brown V. board education

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  • It's ok to leave boxes blank - roe [blank box] V. wade [blank box] will work fine.
  • Stop words like and, or, of, the, etc, are ignored. You can enter them in a box with another word, but the search engine will not try to find them.
  • Really long case names: If you need more then two words for a party, enter ADJ between words with a single box (be sure that ADJ is in caps).
  • Party names of cases sometimes get reversed during the appeals process. If your search does not work, please try reversing the party names!
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