Academic Help: Supreme Court Briefs
About the Supreme Court Briefs Search Form
The Supreme Court Briefs Search Form is located in the Legal Section of LexisNexis Academic. On this form, you can accomplish tasks such as:
- Search Supreme Court Briefs by date
- Search Supreme Court Briefs by party name
- Do a keyword search and search the full text of the 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.
The "Search For" section allows you to input your own key terms. In these search boxes, you can put words or phrases that convey a particular topic, like "abortion." This is useful when you need to browse several briefs on one topic. The Search For section also makes it easy to find particular briefs you know specific information about. For example, if you need to find briefs about a particular case, type the party names in the search box and select "party names" from the drop-down box. In addition to a full text search ("Everywhere" in the drop down box,) you may use the drop down box to find briefs:
- by Citation
- by Party Names
- by Counsel
- by Brief Type
- by Appeal Statement
- by Opinion
One of the most efficient ways to narrow your results set is by specifying the date. If you're researching a current event, try narrowing the date to the last 6 months. If you're researching a past event, use the "Is Between..." option to set the dates yourself. Choosing a time period to search through will change your results drastically. You will be much more likely to find relevant results.