Free Online Resources
Decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court are available for free online from several different resources, including the Library of Congress (begins with 1754) and the U.S. Supreme Court (begins with 1991).
Select decisions from the federal Circuit and District courts are available for free online from several different resources, including PACER and govinfo. Coverage varies. See below for more information.
US Supreme Court
Circuit & District Courts
Federal Law: Judicial Opinions Legal Information Institute, Cornell University Law School
Provides links to the individual circuit courts as well as district, bankruptcy, and select specialty courts.
PACER.gov Administrative Office of the United States Courts
PACER provides access to federal case information nationwide. The PACER system offers quick, accurate information about current federal cases. Includes judicial opinions when available. Users need to register to search PACER. Nominal fees may apply. See the FAQs for more information.
United States Court Opinions govinfo
Project between the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AOUSC) to provide public access to opinions from selected United States appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. Coverage varies by jurisdiction, but most available April 2004 - present. Only opinions from select federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts available. Includes opinions from Eastern District of Pennsylvania.