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CQ Press Online Resources: Supreme Court Collection

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The Chronology dates back to the beginning of the Court.

The Primary Source documents include the Articles of Confederation, Declaration of Independence, and selected Federalist Papers.

Under World Constitutions you can find information on the constitutions of 100 countries.

Supreme Court Collection

Use the Supreme Court Collection to:

·Find summaries and analyses of more than four thousand major decisions, as well as links to the full case text

·Use the "Justice Role Finder," "Justice Opinion Analysis," and "Voting Bloc Analysis" as powerful tools to research justices' voting records and opinion alignments

·Browse cases by topic—including contemporary and controversial issues like the death penalty, privacy, and free speech

·Research documentation of public opinion of the Court, appropriations history, judicial legislation, chronologies of major cases and justices, and judicial staffing

·Compare constitutions from one hundred nations

Cases

Browse Cases by topic. Each case profile lists the vote breakdown, opinion writers, links to the transcripts when available, and a summary of the case.

 

You can also search for cases by name, date, Court term, topic, Constitutional area, or type of case.

Justices

Find Biographies of Supreme Court Justices including links to their case roles.

Compare

The comparison tools will show you when justices signed the same opinion or voted together.

Opinion Alignment

Here is a breakdown of the cases where Elena Kagan joined the written opinion of Sonia Sotomayor, and vice versa.  Clicking on the hyperlinked numbers will take you to the list of cases.

Justice Voting Blocks

This tool shows you when justices voted together. Here’s a partial list of cases where Kagan and Sotomayor voted with the majority opinion.

Court Reports

Supreme Court expert Kenneth Jost writes topical reports on the workings of the Court.  Recent titles include “How Does a Case Get to the Supreme Court?” and “Camera Shy: The Court’s Video Prohibition.”

The Supreme Court Explained

This section contains information on the history and procedures of the Court.

Subject Guide