Self-Help Research - Statutes, Court Rules, and More
Compiled by Research Services • Last Updated October 7, 2020
Generally, caselaw refers to case opinions written by a judge or judges. Not all cases have written opinions, and not all written opinions are considered "published" or precedential. Some courts now link to select opinions on their websites. Many opinions can be found using subscription legal databases like Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law. For some cases, especially trial (county) level cases, the only way to obtain the opinion is to contact the court.
Google Scholar does offer a case searching option. Please note that Google Scholar does not search all available case opinions. Also, an opinion found using Google Scholar should be checked in a subscription legal database to make sure it is still "good" law. Furthermore, Google Scholar offers this warning: "Legal opinions in Google Scholar are provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied on as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed lawyer. Google does not warrant that the information is complete or accurate."