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U.S. Court of Appeals Decisions (all circuits)

Resources in this category:
   Eighth Circuit Newest Opinions
   Eighth Circuit Opinions (U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals)
   Federal Circuit Opinions - Ocotber 2004 - present
"New opinions and selected non-precedential orders on motions are added to the top of the list."
   Federal Circuit Patent and Trademark Opinions (Intellectual Property Owners Association)
"Full texts of all precedential patent and trademark court opinions issued since December 1996" by the Federal Circuit. Listed chronologically by year. For example, 25 opinions are listed for 2003 as well as 1997. So, at year-end 2004, this site archives 8 years of Federal Circuit patent and trademark opinions, totaling approximately 200 opinions altogether.
   Search the Opinions of the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal - Being Aware of the Limitations! (Legal Information Institute)
Search in all circuits or an individual circuit. To critically evaluate the results you receive, be sure also to read the disclaimer about the scope of the collection of cases available for searching and the inevitable idiosyncrasies and gaps in of web-based case law research, attributable not to the Legal Information Institute but to the failure of the Courts to standardize their opinions for publication and embrace and encourage widespread accessbility of their output..
   Third Circuit Opinions Archive Search (Third Circuit Court of Appeals)
Search by party name or case number. Also allows free-text query searches.
   U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Locate opinions released since September 1997 or locate opinions by date only. No search function.

Comment: For both search and a browsable index that reflects party names and dates, use the Georgetown Law Library collection of D.C. Circuit opinoins. Coverage there goes back to 1995 too.

   U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Opinions (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit)
   U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Decisions (Georgetown University Law Library)
"Georgetown Law Library provides access to cases as part of an historic record. We have cases from July 1995 to February 2008. We have decided to cease collecting new cases."

Opinions in the archive are organized chronologically.

   U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Opinion Search (Georgetown University Law Library)
Search opinions on this site. Opinions at this location begin in 1995.
   U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Opinions Search Pages (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit)
"This site contains published opinions released from 1993 to the present and unpublished opinions released July 7, 2003 forward. Not all opinions are available because of data conversion problems."
   U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit Opinions (U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit)
Search by opinion number, case number, short title, date published (or specified date range), or by words in the opinion.
   U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Opinions (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit)
Full text search was not operational when we visited this site, but recent opinions were available. If you find full text search working, let us know.
   U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Opinions (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit)
Locate opinions by date, by number, and opinions released today. Unpublished opinions are not available on this website.
   U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Decisions Search (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit)
Search opinions and summary orders with a simple search box accepting docket number, case name, or other text.
   U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judicial Opinions Search (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit)
Locate opinions by case number, by opinions released today or in the past week, by browsing a directory of prior opinions, or search for an opinion by parties using last name or corporation name and/or first name. Opinions are in .pdf format.
   U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Published Opinions (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit)
Locate opinions by opinion number, case number, short title, date published (or date range), and, on a separate search form, by words. According to the site, word search allows you to search for two words using "and" as well as "or" connectors.

Note: "Beginning with opinions issued by the court in 1994, a special electronic citation has been assigned to each opinion designated for publication .... The citation [is]at the top of the opinion along with its computer file name (which is based on the citation). The format of the electronic citation includes the case name, year issued, FED identifier, unique opinion number, "P" for published, pinpoint cite to slip opinion page number, and court. For example: Jones v Smith, 1994 FED App. 1234P at 12 (6th Circuit)."

   U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Opinions (Washburn University School of Law Library)
"This website provides access to the opinions of the United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. Coverage begins with opinions filed October 1, 1997. Finding lists by plaintiff / defendant case name, by docket number, by filing date, and by date opinions are added to this site provide access to the opinions [or] keyword searching is also available."

See also:
  • Minnesota Appellate Court Decisions
  • Federal Bankruptcy Appeals Court Decisions
  • Federal District Court Decisions
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal
  • U.S. Supreme Court Decisions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
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