The Supreme Court of the United States has been in the news quite a bit lately due to the February 13, 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia, his possible replacement, the political process surrounding the appointment, and the various high-profile cases in front of “the highest court in the land.” Actually, the Court is always front and center. The Supreme Court’s impact is profound and is felt near and far. In the United States legal system, it has final say on federal constitutional law.
Some online resources about the Supreme Court, often abbreviated “SCOTUS,” that may be of interest include --
This website offers information covering opinions, oral arguments, case documents, rules and guidance, historical and current information about the Court.
LII “believes everyone should be able to read and understand the laws that govern them, without cost.” Highlights from this website include most recent decisions, case updates, and archive of decisions.
This database is user-friendly. The opinions of the Court are browsable by year. FindLaw includes the U.S. Reports and is searchable by volume number, party name, case title, citation, full text and docket number. Another feature is an archive of Supreme Court opinion summaries from September 2000 to the present. Summaries are searchable by date, docket number, case title, and full text.
Closer to home on LAPL’s website:
The database History in Context: U.S. (Gale)
has in-depth coverage of the Supreme Court. Highlights from this fantastic resource include reference sources, biographies, primary sources, images, magazines, news, videos, academic journals, audio, case overviews, and websites. Find it on the “Research and Homework”
We also have many books in our collection regarding the Supreme Court. Here is a sample of current titles recommended by various professional reviews:
347.092 O18Hi (also available as e-book and as e-audiobook)