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Accuracy Check Resources: Litigation Documents

A guide to assist Moritz law journal members with cite-checking article drafts.

Court Opinions

Westlaw has many state and federal opinions in PDF original image format. Notice the hyperlinked PDF icon at the top of the opinion.

The Moritz Law Library also has a comprehensive set of case reporters containing judicial opinions from the federal and state systems. These volumes are located in the library's State and National Collection. See the law library map.

Federal Court Litigation Documents

Bloomberg Law provides comprehensive coverage of federal court litigation documents, the same coverage available in the Federal Courts' PACER system. From the main page, click on the "Litigation Intelligence Center" at the far left. From there, locate cases by "docket number" and court or use the advanced search function for additional options.

Appellate Briefs

U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978 [off-campus]: a digital archive of select Supreme Court records

ABA's Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases: contains merit briefs for recent cases, as does SCOTUSblog

See Bloomberg Law for access to federal court filings, including circuit court of appeals briefs.

WestlawNext and Lexis Advance also provide access to some federal and state court briefs.

State Court Litigation Documents

While some state court litigation documents are available on Bloomberg Law, often only a listing of documents filed is available and sometimes not even that. As an alternative, check the clerk of court's website in the county where the case was filed.