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Government Documents - Federal Courts: Supreme Court

A guide to the Federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. appellate and district courts, and special courts like the Bankruptcy Court and Tax Court. Guide created by Trisha Yee.

About the U.S. Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court is the highest court in the land. Its membership, appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, is made up of the Chief Justice of the United States and eight associate justices.  Cases the Supreme Court hears may begin in federal or state courts, and usually involve questions about the Constitution or federal law.

Electronic/internet resources

Our holdings

Official reports of the Supreme Court (aka United States reports) (JU 6.8/A:) Official decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court are issued first in slip form, then are reissued in bound volumes. Decisions are also available in HeinOnline in its U.S. Supreme Court Library (UH Manoa login required).

Rules of the Supreme Court of the United States (JU 6.9:)


We also have copies of confirmation hearings in the Senate for nominees to the Supreme Court as well as impeachment hearings for justices. Search for these in ProQuest Congressional.

Books about the Supreme Court

Subject Guide

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