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The Body of Federal Case Law

Supreme Court of the United States of America

Article III of the Constitution of the United States of America established the federal court system and designated the Supreme Court as the final arbiter of disputes within its jurisdiction.

The lower federal courts include:

United States Courts of Appeals

There are 12 regional circuit courts plus the United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal circuit.  Texas is in the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Click here for a map of the system provided by the Adminstrative Office of the U. S. Courts.

United States District Courts

These are the trial courts and include the Bankruptcy Courts (Article I of the Constitution) and other specialized courts. Texas has four districts, Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western.  Houston Courts are in the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.

The Pacer System

PACER  (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) allows public access to  appellate, district and bankruptcy court opinions and dockets.  Registraton information and search links can be found on the website. Registration is required.

 Here are direct links to Texas Federal Courts.

Federal Case Law in Print

Supreme Court Cases in Print - 3rd Floor

  • United States Reports (official) (U.S.G.P.O.) KF101.U53

  • Supreme Court Reporter (West) KF101.U65

  • United States Supreme Court Reports Lawyers Edition (LexisNexis) KF101.U551

  • United States Law Week (BNA) KF101.U5

  United States Courts of Appeals Cases in Print-3rd Floor

  • Federal Reporter (West) KF115.F...

  • Federal Appendix (West) KF115.F55 (Cases in this publication have been designated by the courts as "unpublished." See Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 32.1(a) "A court may not prohibit or restrict the citation of federal judicial opinions, orders, judgments, or other written dispositions that have been: (i) designated as 'unpublished,' 'not for publication,' 'non-precedential,' 'not precedent,' or the like; and (ii) issued on or after January 1, 2007.)"

United States District Court Cases in Print - 3rd Floor

  •  Federal Supplement (West) KF120.F...

      
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