January 18, 2022

GPO and LC Debut Annotated Version of U.S. Constitution App For iOS, Web Version Also Available

The new app (Free, iOS only, Android version coming) was released today, U.S. Constitution Day.

From the Government Printing Office (GPO) and Library of Congress:

The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, the Library of Congress and the Government Printing Office (GPO) mark Constitution Day today by launching a new app and web publication that make analysis and interpretation of constitutional case law by Library experts accessible for free to anyone with a computer or mobile device.

The new resources, which include analysis of Supreme Court cases through June 26, 2013, will be updated multiple times each year as new court decisions are issued.  Legal professionals, teachers, students and anyone researching the constitutional implications of a particular topic can easily locate constitutional amendments, federal and state laws that were held unconstitutional, and tables of recent cases with corresponding topics and constitutional implications.

Release of the new resources coincides with the 100th anniversary edition of a printed document, “The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation”, which was published at the direction of the U.S. Senate for the first time in 1913. Popularly known as the “Constitution Annotated”, the volume has been published as a bound edition every 10 years, with updates addressing new constitutional law cases issued every two years.

The analysis is provided by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in the Library of Congress. Because of its size and update cycle, the print version has been used primarily by federal lawmakers, libraries and law firms.

The new app and improved web publication will make the nearly 3,000-page “Constitution Annotated” more accessible to more people and enable updates of new case analysis three or four times each year.

iOS App Features Include:

  • Contains a clause-by-clause discussion of the entire Constitution
  • Discusses all Supreme Court cases and selected historical documents relevant to interpreting the Constitution
  • Lists all federal, state, and local laws struck down by the Supreme Court, and all cases where the Court overturned its prior precedent
  • Contains a table of contents, table of cases, and an index 

Direct to Download App (via iTunes App Store)

Online Version

Direct to Web Version of the Constitution Annotated
This version will also format correctly for mobile web browsers.

UPDATE: Comments from the Sunlight Foundation on the New App

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.