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Case Law - What It Is & Where to Find It: Reporters

Federal Reporters

Federal Reporters

Reporter (Abbreviation)

Cases Reported (Publisher)

United States Reports (U.S.)

Supreme Court cases (Official)

Supreme Court Reporter (S.Ct.)

Supreme Court cases (West)

Lawyer's Edition (L. Ed., L. Ed. 2d)

Supreme Court cases (Lexis)

Federal Reporter (F., F.2d, F.3d)

Circuit Court of Appeals cases (West)

Federal Supplement (F. Supp., F. Supp. 2d, F. Supp. 3d)

Federal District Court cases (West)


West's National Reporter System

West's National Reporter System

     West’s National Reporter System was created in 1887 by John B. West. It includes Regional & some Federal Reporters. The reporters contain full court opinions plus annotations. These editorial enhancements include synopses of cases as well as headnotes and key numbers. These are unofficial reporters although the text of the cases is the same as the official reporters.

New York State Reporters

NY State Reporters

New York State Reporters

Reporter (Abbreviation)

Case Reported (Publisher)

New York Reports (N.Y., N.Y.2d, N.Y.3d)

N.Y. Court of Appeals case (Official)

Appellate Division Reports (A.D., A.D.2d, A.D.3d)

N.Y. Appellate Division cases (Official)

Miscellaneous Reports (Misc., Misc. 2d, Misc. 3d)

New York Trial Courts: Supreme Court, District Courts, County Courts, all other lower courts & Appellate Term (Official)

New York Supplement (N.Y.S., N.Y.S.2d, N.Y.S.3d)

All New York Cases: All Courts as listed above (West)


West Regional Reporters

Regional Reporters    

Reporter (Abbreviation)

Cases Reported (published by West)

Atlantic Reporter (A., A.2d, A.3d)   

Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island & Vermont cases 

North Eastern Reporter (N.E., N.E.2d, N.E.3d)   

Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York & Ohio cases

North Western Reporter (N.W., N.W.2d)

Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota & Wisconsin cases

Pacific Reporter (P., P.2d, P.3d)

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington & Wyoming cases

South Eastern Reporter (S.E., S.E.2d)

Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia & West Virginia cases

South Western Reporter (S.W., S.W.2d, S.W.3d)

Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri,  Tennessee & Texas cases

Southern Reporter (So., So. 2d, So. 3d)

Alabama, Florida, Louisiana & Mississippi cases