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These links provide access to case law from Minnesota, the Federal courts, and other states.  Please be aware of several difficulties performing case law research on the Internet.  First, not all cases are available.  Web sites are great for finding recent cases, but many sites include only selected cases or have an archive going back only a few years.  Second, there is no way to search multiple states at the same time.  Each state posts its own state opinions.  There is no free search engine like Lexis or Westlaw to search multi-states.  Third, it can be difficult finding a case if you have a citation that is not used on the Internet (for example 300 N.W.2d 1).  Some Web sites allow keyword searching of cases.  On other sites it is helpful to know party names, decision dates, and docket numbers.

If you have difficulty finding a particular case, or would like to perform a more comprehensive search, please come to the law library.  At the library you have free access to cases in books and on electronic resources such as Westlaw and Lexis.

Minnesota Cases:

MN State Court Opinions (Archive May 1996- )
Archive allows keyword searching.  It contains Supreme Court opinions and Court of Appeals published and unpublished opinions.

MN State Court Opinions (Current week)

More Minnesota case sources...



U.S. Supreme Court Decisions (FindLaw) (1893- )
Full text of cases can be searched by keyword, and cases are searchable by party name or U.S. Reports citation.

U.S. Appeals Courts
Includes links to each of the Federal Circuit courts.  Coverage for most circuits goes back to 1995.

U.S. District Courts
Includes links to each of the U.S. District courts that post opinions on the Internet.  Coverage varies by court.


Other States:

Cornell Site
Includes links to court opinions in each state.  Coverage varies by state.


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