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Last Updated: May 24, 2016     Views: 21

Where can I find written copies of court transcripts?

You can browse and search for written transcripts of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court since October Term 2000 on the U.S. Supreme Court’s website.

You can find written transcripts of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court at the Oyez Project since October Term 1955. First find a case, then click on an oral argument link, finally click on “Full Transcript Text.”

You can find written transcripts of oral arguments in subscription-based databases such as Lexis Advance (U.S. Supreme Court) and WestlawNext (U.S. Supreme Court, 7th Circuit, 8th Circuit, 9th Circuit, Florida, Massachusetts, California, Delaware, New York, and Texas).

  • Lexis Advance (1978-present) [Type “United States Supreme Court Transcripts” and click “Get documents”]
  • WestlawNext (2000-present) [All Content>Trial Transcripts & Oral Arguments]

You can find print copies of oral arguments in major constitutional law cases since 1793 in Landmark Briefs and Arguments of the Supreme Court of the United States edited by Philip B. Kurland and Gerhard Casper.

You can find records of U.S. Supreme Court cases in the online and microform versions of U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs.

You may also find transcripts using internet search engines such as Google.

See also “Where can I find audio and video recordings of oral arguments?”


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