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Skills Center: Case Reports, Free Online Sources

The Law Library maintains an archive of Minnesota appellate court opinions. The archive is searchable. Archived opinions date back to 1996 when the courts began making the slip opinions available electronically.

Federal court decisions have been available online longer. There are a variety of websites that make federal and state opinions available. They vary in coverage, searchability and other features. Here are some free sites, in alphabetical order:

  • Find a Case
  • FindLaw
  • Google Scholar (allows searching of legal opinions and journals)
  • Justia
  • Legal Information Institute
  • The Public Library of Law
  • Related Topics: Case Reports by Citation; Case Reports by Party Name; Unpublished Decisions.

    DISCLAIMER:  As librarians and not lawyers, we can suggest resources but cannot give legal advice (such as which form to file), or legal opinions, (such as how a statute might apply to particular facts.)  To do so could be considered the unauthorized practice of law.  Even though we try to suggest materials that will be of help, further research is usually required to find a complete and correct answer.  For many questions, the best answer may be to consult an attorney.  For links to resources on finding an attorney, see http://www.lawlibrary.state.mn.us/selfhelp.html#atty.

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    Minnesota State Law Library: Skills Center: Case Reports, Free Online Sources

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