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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.
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Looking for the Codebook? We have an online and downloadable version. Access them using the below links.
  • First Mondays
    In this inaugural episode of First Mondays, Ian Samuel and Dan Epps raise the curtain on the new term, discussing the most exciting grants and previewing the most important cases set for argument on the Court’s October calendar. —First Mondays podcast, Oct. 3, 2016

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  • Role Of Chief Justice
    "Chief Justice Roberts is a reliable conservative in the most closely contested cases but moderate when his vote cannot change the outcome."–New York Times, Sept. 25, 2016

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  • FRIEDRICHS V. CALIFORNIA TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
    "The 4-4 decision, and the more recent denial of a rehearing, leaves intact the delicate balance struck by pre-existing law and avoids a significant ‘free rider’ problem."

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  • WHOLE WOMAN'S HEALTH V. HELLERSTEDT
    "Justice Stephen Breyer especially noted the scientific evidence backing that the regulations had no health benefits for women, calling it a win for evidence-based medicine." –Joplin Globe, June 30, 2016

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  • Obama's Immigration Reforms
    "I certainly think the Supreme Court decision makes it more difficult for Hillary to take some of the steps, if she were to take them. It’s now going to be very hard for Obama or his successor to expand on what they’ve already done. It’s a tough row to hoe." –Politico, June 25, 2016

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