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Legal Research: Federal Circuit & District Courts

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Florida Federal Courts

11th Circuit Court of Appeals (Atlanta, GA)

Florida District Courts

Florida Bankruptcy Courts

Reporters -- Federal Circuit & District Courts

Federal & State Cases (LexisNexis Academic)

United States Courts Opinions (FDsys) -- public access to opinions (2004+) from selected U.S. appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts, including:

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Florida (2006+)

F.Cas. -- Federal Cases -- circuit courts of appeals and district courts

F. -- Federal Reporter -- circuit courts of appeals and district courts

F.2d -- Federal Reporter, Second Series -- 1924-1993 circuit courts of appeals; 1924-1932 district courts (See F.Supp. for 1932+)

  • Online version (does not include Key headnotes)
  • Online version (Search by citation)
  • General Collection KF 105 .F43 (1924-1993)

F.3d -- Federal Reporter, Third Series -- circuit courts of appeals

  • Online version (does not include Key headnotes)
  • Online version (Search by citation)
  • General Collection KF 105 .F43 (1993+)

Fed.Appx. -- Federal Appendix -- circuit courts of appeals cases not selected for publication in F.3d

  • Online version (does not include Key headnotes)
  • Online version (Search by citation)
  • General Collection KF 105 .W47 (2001+)

F.Supp. -- Federal Supplement -- district courts

  • Online version (does not include Key headnotes)
  • Online version (Search by citation)
  • General Collection KF .F42 (1932-1998)

F.Supp.2d -- Federal Supplement, Second Series -- district courts

  • Online version (does not include Key headnotes)
  • Online version (Search by citation)
  • General Collection KF .F42 2nd Series (1998+)

United States Law Week: General Law -- summary & analysis of significant court opinions

  • Reference KF 105 .U5 (v.65, 1996+)

Digests -- Federal Circuit & District Courts

Descriptive Word Index -- "Generally, descriptive words will group themselves around the five elements common to every case:

  1. The Parties involved;
  2. The Places where the facts arose, and the Objects or Things involved;
  3. The Acts or Omissions which form the Basis of Action or Issue;
  4. The Defense to the action or issue; and
  5. The Relief sought.

A search, in the DESCRIPTIVE-WORD INDEX, of words descriptive of these elements will produce the decisions dealing with similar fact situations and legal principles."

Table of Cases "lists alphabetically the title of each case, by both Plaintiff's and Defendant's names, the volume and page of the reports in which each is published, the subsequent case history, and the digest Topic and Key Number under which each point of law is digested."

Words & Phrases "lists alphabetically words or phrases that have been judicially defined in the cases indexed by the Digest, and sets out the headnotes, titles and citations of the case in which definitions appear."

Citators -- Federal Circuit & District Courts

Briefs & Oral Arguments -- General Resources

Finding Briefs on the Web

  • Briefs for a Price
  • Briefs for Free:
    • General Sites
    • Court Sources
    • Federal Entities
    • Bar & Legal Associations
    • Advocacy Groups

Briefs, Oral Arguments & Other Court Documents Research Guide (Georgetown Law Library) -- a useful guide, but it lists many resources unavailable at UCF