Get Your Free Case Law on the Web By Robert J. Ambrogi
Law Technology News
May 8, 2009
1. Fastcase and Casemaker.
Fastcase Its Supreme Court library dates back to 1754. Its federal circuit cases start from the beginning of the Federal Reporter second series in 1925 and its federal district court cases go back to 1912.
Casemaker, its Supreme Court library also dates back to 1754. Its federal circuit library goes back to 1930 and its federal district court cases go back to 1932.
Both services have appellate cases from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. All Fastcase libraries go back at least to 1950.
2. VersusLaw, FindACase
検索上の欠点は州ごとにしか検索できないというで、連邦地裁と控訴裁判所それぞれ別々に、州毎に検索しなければなりません。また、他ケースへのサイテーションリストもありません（有料で購入可能）。They provide free access to the same federal and state cases that are in the paid version. But it lacks key features and suffers in usability.
It has all Supreme Court opinions since 1886, federal circuit opinions since 1930 (except for the ninth, D.C. and federal circuits, which start later), federal district courts as far back as 1931, and appellate courts for all 50 states plus D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam, some as far back as 1910.
3. PreCYdent （1年以上ベータで運用中）
It includes all Supreme Court opinions since 1759, complete with official U.S. citation and pagination. It has all federal circuit opinions since 1950, including official citations and pagination for those through 2006. With only a few exceptions, it also has all federal district opinions since 2004.
On the state side, it has appellate opinions from 38 states and the District of Columbia. These are mostly from within the last decade, but some go back even earlier. The oldest set of opinions -- those of the Oklahoma Supreme Court -- dates back to 1890.
It has all Supreme Court cases, all federal circuit opinions since 1950, and all state appellate opinions since 1997. It does not include federal district court or state trial court opinions. In February 2008, Fastcase opened this free library of cases, statutes, regulations, court rules and legal forms. For simple, bare-bones research, it is a useful option.
5. AltLaw (A joint project of Columbia Law School and the University of Colorado Law School)
Its library includes only federal cases, and now has all Supreme Court opinions since 1803, all published federal circuit opinions since 1950, and all unpublished federal circuit cases since 1996.
It has all Supreme Court opinions, all federal circuit court opinions since 1950 and some U.S. district court opinions.
It includes full-text searching of all cases plus the ability to browse decisions by court and date. For those courts it does not have, it provides links to external sources.
It has a library of court opinions published on the site and also provides links to other sources of court opinions. Included on Findlaw are all Supreme Court opinions since 1893 and all federal circuits, with most circuits going back to 1995. It also has state appellate opinions dating back in most cases to 1996.
このサイトの目的はすべての判例を公開すること。2008年2月に最初の資料集を公開した。サイトはデータ倉庫で検索機能を提供していないがGoogleのサイトサーチ("site:bulk.resource.org" followed by the query)を使って内部データを検索できる。PreCYdentとAltLawもこのサイトのデータを使用している。
It now has Supreme Court decisions all the way back to 1754 and federal circuit opinions back to the beginning of the Federal Reporter series in 1880 (with some gaps in coverage between 1924 and 1950). It also has a number of state cases.
It includes access to Supreme Court cases since 1781 and to all federal and state cases decided within the last 10 years.
While it lacks the full functionality of the LexisNexis database, it allows for searches to be conducted by keywords or citation. Searches can also be conducted for specific parties, judges and lawyers. To use it, free registration is required.
It has all Supreme Court opinions since 1990 and a collection of 600 older cases selected for their historical significance. It also has all New York Court of Appeals decisions issued since 1990.