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Federal Law: Courts & Cases

US Federal case law & courts

Federal Court System

The Federal court system is composed of 94 district courts along with other trial courts, 12 courts of appeal, and a single supreme court. The U.S. Supreme Court can overturn statutes determined to conflict with the Constitution. When looking for U.S. Supreme Court cases bear in mind that slip opinions will often appear online within minutes. The United States Reports are the official reporter of the U.S. Supreme Court, but its publication is very delayed, so commercial titles may be more useful.

Federal Case Law

Citations

When citing cases, ensure you follow standard citation practice, such as that outlined in The Bluebook.

Case citations are normally formatted: Party Names, Vol# Abbreviation Page# (jurisdiction. year).

Secondary Sources

Supreme Court

SCOTUSblog

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Jost on Justice : Supreme Court blog

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