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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.
  • 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
    A critical part of today’s analysis showed that Texas, which tried to justify its restrictions as health measures, had imposed significant obstacles to abortion access without evidence that health benefits were gained or were even needed.

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  • UNITED STATES V. TEXAS
    The court’s decision allows two exceptionally conservative judges who sit on one regional court, of the plaintiffs’ choosing, to substitute their personal policy preferences for those of a democratically elected president.

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  • SPOKEO, INC. V. ROBINS
    The surprising decision actually gives Congress a green light to allow consumers to sue corporations or online sites that violate their privacy rights or consumer protection laws.

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  • ZUBIK V. BURWELL
    Instead of punting in this ongoing battle against contraceptive coverage, the Supreme Court should have recognized that eight out of nine courts of appeals got the case right.

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