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Where to Find Briefs (October 2017)

Electronic versions of most filings submitted after November 13, 2017, are available through the docket for the particular case. Electronic versions of other merits briefs are available at Online Merits Briefs. Briefs can also be obtained through the following outside sources.

Subscription Databases

Lexis-Nexis - 
Court Records, Briefs and Filings Source
U. S. Supreme Court Briefs


Earliest brief dated August 12, 1936 through current.  Includes merit briefs for cases granted certiorari and special masters, amicus curiae briefs, and joint appendices beginning in January 1979, with selected coverage from 1936.

All briefs are available for cases granted certiorari beginning after the 1993-1994 term; also includes briefs petitioning for certiorari in civil cases (other than habeas cases) from the 1999-2000 term through current.

For civil cases where cert. is denied, briefs are provided for cases on the paid docket but are not provided for cases on the In Forma Pauperis docket.  No cert-stage briefs are provided for habeas cases or for criminal cases that are summarily decided or where cert. is denied.

Westlaw - 
File Name: U.S. Supreme Court Briefs, Joint Appendices, Petitions (SCT-BRIEF-ALL; SCT-JA)


Merits and amicus briefs filed with the Supreme Court of the United States for cases in which certiorari has been granted or probable jurisdiction has been noted and for which oral arguments have been scheduled.

Selected joint appendices that include the relevant docket entries; any relevant pleadings, jury instructions, findings, conclusions, or opinions; the judgment, order or decision under review; and any other parts of the record that the parties wish to bring to the Court’s attention.

Petitions for writ of certiorari and related documents, such as briefs in opposition and support of petitions, filed with the court before certiorari has been granted or denied.

Comprehensive coverage beginning with 1996, except for dockets filed In Forma Pauperis in which filings are acquired only once certiorari is granted. Selected coverage beginning in 1930 for merits and amicus briefs, 1982 for joint appendices, and 1985 for petitions. Limited coverage of all three between 1870 to 1929.


Internet Sources

Westlaw.Court Express
Request a Document: Westlaw CourtExpress Document Research and Retrieval
Telephone: 1-877-362-7387

Office of the Solicitor General
Inclusions: From 7/1998 to present, all briefs filed by the Solicitor General, except responses to IFP cases.  From 1993-1996, and 1986-1990 Solicitor General merits briefs and responses.  From 1982-1985 Solicitor General merits briefs.  Please see the website for information on omissions, arrangement, and formats.

Document Retrieval Services

For a fee these Washington, D.C. area companies will photocopy briefs of the Supreme Court of the United States currently on file at the Library of Congress.  This is a partial list, for informational purposes only, and implies no Supreme Court endorsement of any entity.

Apple Courier: (202) 338-0930
Capitol District Information: (202) 265-1516 or (800) 494-5225
Court Express: 1-877-362-7387
Infoline, Inc.: (202) 783-3538 or (877) 284-4581
The Leonard Group, Inc.:  (301) 776-9260
Washington Service Bureau: (202) 842-7350

Self-service at the Supreme Court

This service is available between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Please call (202) 479-3011 to see if the briefs you are looking for are available.

Depositories of Printed Supreme Court Briefs

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The University of Chicago
1121 East 60th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

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Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540

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Cornell Law Library
340 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853

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Connecticut State Library
231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06106

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Indiana University
211 South Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47405

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University of Louisville
Wyatt Hall, Room 121
2301 S. 3rd Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40292

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University of Minnesota Law Center
229-19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

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Tarlton Law Library
The University of Texas
727 East Dean Keaton Street
Austin, Texas 78705-3224

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Gallagher Law Library
University of Washington
P.O. Box 353025
4000-15th Avenue N. E.
Seattle, Washington 98195

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Lillian Goldman Law Library
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215


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