Federal and California Cases
|Courts of Appeals||West's Federal Reporter KF105 .F4 and online from Lexis and West.|
|Trial courts||West's Federal Supplement KF120 .F4 and online from Lexis and West.||
Federal Cases - Special Notes
Remember specialty reporters, e.g.:
- Federal Appendix: West’s reporter for “unreported” opinions, since 2001
- West’s Bankruptcy Reporter
- United States Tax Court Reports - in print HJ 10 H26312 or online ustaxcourt.gov
California Cases - Special Notes
- Lexis-Nexis began publishing the Official Reports, with "official" headnotes, in 2003. Only official headnotes appear in print. Westlaw has official headnotes through June, 2003. The official digest is not online.
- A note about depublished opinions in California: California’s Supreme Court has had the power to depublish Courts of Appeal decisions since 1971. These decisions still bind the parties involved, but cannot be used as precedent. Henke’s California Law Guide § 6.02.
- Appeals in "limited civil" cases (where $25,000 or less is at issue) and misdemeanors are heard by the appellate divisions of the superior court. See Henke's California Law Guide § 6.01. West's California Reporter, California Appellate Reports Supplement, and other commercial reporters publish opinions from these cases.