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The Supreme Court Database is the definitive source for researchers, students, journalists, and citizens interested in the U.S. Supreme Court. The Database contains over two hundred pieces of information about each case decided by the Court between the 1791 and 2015 terms. Examples include the identity of the court whose decision the Supreme Court reviewed, the parties to the suit, the legal provisions considered in the case, and the votes of the Justices.

MODERN Database
2016 Release 01
released
July 12, 2016

includes terms
1946 - 2015


LEGACY Database
SCDB Legacy 03
released
July 12, 2016

includes terms
1791 - 1945

Are you interested in a particular legal or political issue? Do you seek information about the current Court or about a particular year? Perhaps you are interested in the votes of the Justices in cases about religion, commerce, or another area of the law. The analysis tools allow you to select and summarize cases from the Modern or Legacy Database based on your needs. Getting Started
Are you new to the Supreme Court Database? Wondering how to start doing your online analysis? The SCDB Web 101 series can get you underway on the quick.
View the 101 Lessons


Looking for the Codebook? We have an online and downloadable version. Access them using the below links.
  • "Of all the judges President Trump could have nominated, Gorsuch seems to me as good as anybody, liberal or conservative, who would stand up to unlawful actions by the Trump administration, if need be."–The Christian Science Monitor, Feb.10, 2017

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  • "The implicit threat was that he will use whatever authority he has to retaliate against Nordstrom, or anyone who crosses his interest."–Deutsche Welle, Feb. 9, 2017

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  • The Importance Of The First Amendment
    “A free press, street protests and activist students. This is what the First Amendment was designed to do. It’s not just designed to keep the government from doing bad things. It’s designed to keep the government from doing bad things for a reason. And the reason is so we have a vital, politically informative, diverse, contentious and ultimately productive public discourse.”

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  • Trump’s Nomination Of Judge Gorsuch
    "But a second Trump appointment is another matter. We could see dramatic legal change, with the recent affirmative action and abortion cases on the chopping block."–New York Times, Feb.1, 2017

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  • President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee
    “In my view, refusing to even consider President Barack Obama’s highly qualified nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, was an unprecedented act of partisan obstruction.”

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