Research guides

Federal Dockets & Briefs

Third Circuit

The official website of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit includes Opinions, Rules and Procedures, Select Forms, Model Jury Instructions, and more. Use PACER to access case and docket information for the Third Circuit.

Jenkins received records and briefs from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1898-1969, 1982-2011). Briefs and Records can be searched through our Court Records & Briefs database. Older materials (pre-2006) are available in the library on microfiche and film. For help with Third Circuit Records and Briefs, contact Research Services at 215.574.1505 or research@jenkinslaw.org.

Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law, all available in the library, include select dockets and documents from the Third Circuit. See below for more details.

For older documents, you may need to contact National Archives. The Third Circuit Collection encompasses 1891-1989. More recent court documents not available from the National Archives may be housed at the Federal Records Center in Northeast Philadelphia.

Official Court Website

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Official Site
Includes Opinions (1994 - present), Oral Argument Recordings (select recordings, hearing date 2007 - present), Rules and Procedures, Select Forms, and Model Jury Instructions.

PACER

PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records)
Provides case and docket information from federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. Coverage dates vary by court. Registration is required.

        • Third Circuit - Earliest case available is from 1974.

For more information about PACER, its uses, and its charges, please see its Frequently Asked Questions page.

Member Databases

Court Records & Briefs
Jenkins received records and briefs from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Index coverage: 1898-1969, 1982-2011. Full text coverage: 2006-2011. Full text of select older documents may be available through the database. Full text of documents not available on the database, including documents from before 2006, may be viewed in the library. For help with Third Circuit Records and Briefs, contact Research Services at 215.574.1505 or research@jenkinslaw.org.

Onsite Lexis

Briefs, Pleadings & Motions (3rd Circuit)
Available on the library's Lexis computers. From the Content Type tab, select Briefs, Pleadings & Motions > Federal > 3rd Circuit. Filtering to the 3rd Circuit is available after conducting a search.

Dockets United States Court of Appeals
Available on the library's Lexis computers. Filtering to the 3rd Circuit is available after conducting a search.

Onsite Westlaw

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Briefs
Available on the library's Westlaw computers.
Selected coverage only. Begins with 1991. Older documents may be available.

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Dockets
Available on the library's Westlaw computers.
Coverage begins with 1997.

Onsite Bloomberg Law

Dockets Search, Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Available on the library's Bloomberg Law computers. From Popular Links, select Dockets Search. Under "Courts", select Browse Full List > Federal Court Dockets > Supreme, Appellate & District Courts > U.S. Courts of Appeals > Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Coverage begins with 1983.

Microfiche & Film

Records and Briefs of the U.S.C.A., Third Circuit
Library has 1898-1969, 1982-2011. Reference Staff has separate U.S. Court of Appeals Third Circuit Records and Briefs Microfilm Index (1972-1981).

Jenkins received records and briefs from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Briefs and Records can be searched through our Court Records & Briefs database. For help with Third Circuit Records and Briefs, contact Research Services at 215.574.1505 or research@jenkinslaw.org.

Research Tip

For court documents not available at Jenkins or on PACER, see the Records of the United States Court of Appeals from the National Archives.

National Archives

Records of the United States Court of Appeals National Archives
The Third Circuit Collection encompasses 1891-1989. More recent court documents not available from the National Archives may be housed at the Federal Records Center in Northeast Philadelphia. Contact them for more information.