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The Court Opinion and How to Find It

What is a court opinion?

Court opinions are statements prepared by a judge announcing the court's decision after a case is tried. Each court opinion will include important information for your paper, including a judgment and supporting rationale, summary of facts, and applicable law. U.S. Supreme Court opinions are very easy to locate. Most can be found in one of the following sources:
Findlaw

A searchable database of Supreme Court Decisions

Cornell University Legal Information Institute

Historic Supreme Court Decisions