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Research Guides@Tufts

Court Cases: Supreme Court & Federal Cases

Find Federal and State court cases, law review, etc.

Federal Courts

The Federal Courts include the Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, and the  U.S. Courts of Special Jurisdiction.

The site below describes all of these courts.  See the separate boxes for their specific cases.

U.S. Court of Appeals & Federal District Courts

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has nationwide jurisdiction to hear appeals in specialized cases, such as those involving patent laws and cases decided by the Court of International Trade and the Court of Federal Claims. The 94 U.S. judicial districts are organized into 12 regional circuits, each of which has a United States court of appeals. A court of appeals hears appeals from the district courts located within its circuit, as well as appeals from decisions of federal administrative agencies.

The United States district courts are the trial courts of the federal court system. There are 94 federal judicial districts, including at least one district in each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Three territories of the United States -- the Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands -- have district courts that hear federal cases, including bankruptcy cases.

Audio Recordings of the Supreme Court!

The Oyez Project

The Oyez Project at Chicago-Kent is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955. The Project also provides authoritative information on all justices and offers a virtual reality Tour of portions of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of some of the justices.

Supreme Court Cases

Diagram of the U.S. Court System

From Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University