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Last Updated: Oct 16, 2014     Views: 17

Prior to the issuance of bound volumes of the United States Reports (U.S.), the Court's official decisions appear in:

  • Slip opinions:  posted on the U.S. Supreme Court website

  • Preliminary prints:  Brown, soft-cover "advance pamphlets" that contain, in addition to the opinions themselves, all of the announcements, indexes, and other features that make up the U.S. Reports. The contents of two or three preliminary prints will eventually be combined into a single bound volume. Thus, the title of each preliminary print includes volume number and a part number, e.g., Preliminary Print, Volume 545, Part 1.

Unofficial Publications:

  • Supreme Court Reporter (West): unofficial reporter; advance sheets contain current opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States along with headnotes, Key Numbers, and synopses.

  • Supreme Court Reports Lawyer's Edition (Lexis): unofficial reporter; advance sheets contain current opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States along with headnotes, summaries and annotations.

For additional information, consult: the Library's Supreme Court of the United States LibGuide

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