The Supreme Court Database

Are you interested in researching the United States Supreme Court?  Then you should check out the Supreme Court Database.

The Supreme Court Database is the definitive source for researchers, students, journalists, and citizens interested in the U.S. Supreme Court. The Database contains over two hundred pieces of information about each case decided by the Court between the 1953 and 2009 terms. Examples include the identity of the court whose decision the Supreme Court reviewed, the parties to the suit, the legal provisions considered in the case, and the votes of the Justices.

Under the Analysis section of the site, you can research specific cases as well as entire terms of cases (back to 1953).  You can also pull all Supreme Court cases organized in to issues and subissues, case disposition, as well as whether laws were declared unconstitutional.

The great thing about this database is that the people behind it are attempting to provide retrospective coverage of every case ever decided by the Supreme Court, all the way back to the Court’s first reported decision.  Also, for those of you not afraid of math, data can be downloaded for manipulation in Excel or other statistical software package of your choice 🙂

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