Court Decisions

I. Tennessee – Federal Courts

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Tennessee, along with Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio, make up the geographic jurisdiction of this Federal Court.  Current Sixth Circuit opinions, and opinions going back to 1994, are found here.  Published Opinions issued since July 1, 1999 and unpublished opinions issued since October 1, 2004 appear on The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Opinion Search.  These opinions are searchable by case number, title keyword, date of issue, and opinion number.

United States Bankruptcy Court Western District of Tennessee
Published and unpublished judges' opinions of the Court filed between 1994 to the present are available here.

United States District Court of Western Tennessee
Registration is required for access to Court electronic records.  Additional information about the court, including online forms and applications, is found on this site.

II. Tennessee – State Courts.

Tennessee Supreme Court Opinions
Current Tennessee State Supreme Court opinions and opinions going back to the third quarter of 1995 are found here, as well as the Court Rules of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Tennessee Court of Appeals Opinions
Current, and opinions going back to the third quarter of 1995, are found here.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Opinions
Current, and opinions going back to the third quarter of 1995, are found here.

Tennessee Ethics Opinions
Judicial Ethics Opinions from 1997 to the present are available.  Also,  Board of Professional Responsibility - Formal Ethics Opinions from 1980 to the present are available here.

Worker’s Compensation
Current, and opinions back to 1996, are found here.

III. Tennessee – Shelby County – Courts

Shelby County Chancery Court
Case information is found here as well as information about the court, including court rules.

Circuit Court for the 30th Judicial District at Memphis
Case information is available here as well as information about the court, including some commonly used court forms that can be downloaded.

Shelby County Criminal Court
Case information is available here as well as biographical information about Criminal Court Judges and other information.

General Sessions Court
Case information is available here as well as some court forms that can be downloaded and other information.

Shelby County Probate Court
Information about the court is found here as well as some Probate Court forms that can be downloaded and other information, including a link to information on Wills in Tennessee.

IV. Other Courts – United States Supreme Court Cases

United States Supreme Court
The United States Supreme Court website provides the text of Slip Opinions, Term Opinions, and Term In-Chambers Opinions.  In addition, there is a link to the full-text opinions, beginning with volume 502, from the 1991 term of the Supreme Court, of the United States Reports.  Also available are The Rules of the Supreme Court.

Oyez: U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia
Information about major historical Supreme Court cases is found here as well as digital recordings of court proceedings.

FindLaw : Supreme Court Opinions
FindLaw has a searchable database of the Supreme Court Decisions since 1893 through the present.

Supreme Court Collection
This collection, from the Cornell University School of Law’s Legal Information Institute, has Supreme Court decisions from 1990 to the present.

FLITE – Supreme Court Decisions
Searchable database of Supreme Court Decisions from 1937 to 1975.

Selected Historic Decisions of the United States Supreme Court
Searchable database from the Legal Information Institute of 610 historic Supreme Court decisions.

V. Other Courts – Federal.

The Federal Judiciary Homepage
Links are provided to each circuit of the United States Federal Court system where links to Courts of Appeal, U.S. District, and U.S. Bankruptcy Court home pages are found.  Many of these home pages provide court decisions.

The Federal Court Locator
This Villanova School of Law site provides links to the home pages of the United States Court of Appeals, to the home pages of U.S. District and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, and to other federal courts.  Most of these web sites have opinions available online.

Federal Rules - Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
This site provides access to the national and local rules currently in effect in federal courts and provides additional information about federal rules of practice, procedure and evidence.  Proposed amendments to the rules are posted here for review and comment.

VI. Other Courts – State

FindLaw – State Cases and Codes
Links are provided here to sites which include court decisions from courts for each state.

State Case Law - Law Research
Links are also found here to judicial opinions from state courts as well as links to some county, municipal and other kinds of local court sites in individual states.

State Courts - By Jurisdiction
Another part of the Cornel School of Law's Legal Information Institute, links are provided to web sites where judicial opinions from courts from each state are found.

StateLaw – Washlaw Web
Also provides links to where judicial opinions from individual state courts are found.