I am trying to get a complete set of SCOTUS opinions, and have been trying to use courtlistener.com for the purpose, but the API is horrifically under-documented, and crippled. If anyone can tell me how to do this (with courtlistener or otherwise), I would appreciate it greatly.

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The Supreme Court has its own website, and lists all the opinions of more recent terms there, and older ones gathered in the volumes back to the 1991 term.

Older cases you will need to look up at law libraries, or Archive.org - while the archive isn't fully complete, there's a ginormous collection of all the US reporters before 2008 going back to 1790, starting with Volume 1. There are also similar reporters from state supreme courts, and occasionally other court reporters from pre-1790.

  • Ah, thank you! I will investigate.
    – Igor Rivin
    Nov 16, 2023 at 21:01
  • The older reports seem to be a little sketchy (in the literal sense), and perhaps too ginormous. One might have thought that SCOTUS opinions would be of sufficient interest in and of themselves...
    – Igor Rivin
    Nov 16, 2023 at 21:05
  • Life was different in 1790-1900.
    – Trish
    Nov 16, 2023 at 21:12
  • It might have been, but we have had some fifty years to remedy the situation, and yet, here we are, using stone axes. Sad.
    – Igor Rivin
    Nov 16, 2023 at 21:23
  • Let me tell you, those documents are in splendid condition and you have multiple copies of the same. That is a gorgeous situation compared to the situation when it comes to documents printed a mere 180 years before that.
    – Trish
    Nov 16, 2023 at 21:39

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