January 24, 2022

Caselaw Access Project Announces Official Launch, Free Public Access to 6.4M+ State and Federal Court Decisions

Congrats to Adam Ziegler and the Caselaw Access Project Team!

Make sure to read the complete Twitter thread to learn more about Today’s Launch of the Caselaw Access Project.

What is the Caselaw Access Project?

In Their Own Words:

2018-10-29_15-56-01The Caselaw Access Project (“CAP”) [a Harvard Law School Library Innovation Lab project] expands public access to U.S. law.  Our goal is to make all published U.S. court decisions freely available to the public online, in a consistent format, digitized from the collection of the Harvard Law Library.

CAP includes all official, book-published United States case law — every volume designated as an official report of decisions by a court within the United States.

Our scope includes all state courts, federal courts, and territorial courts for American Samoa, Dakota Territory, Guam, Native American Courts, Navajo Nation, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Our earliest case is from 1658, and our most recent cases are from 2018.

JuneEach volume has been converted into structured, case-level data broken out by majority and dissenting opinion, with human-checked metadata for party names, docket number, citation, and date.

Direct to Complete Overview
Includes info about what is and is NOT available from the Caselaw Access Project.

Direct to Caselaw Project Website

Direct to Caselaw Project ToolsGallery, CAP API and Bulk Data Download

Follow Caselaw Access Project on Twitter

Some Background

Continued Support for Harvard Law’s Caselaw Access Project After Project Partner Acquired by LexisNexis (June 8, 2017)

Caselaw Access Project Scanning Now Complete (January 30, 2017)

Harvard Law School Library Project to Provide Free Online Access to U.S. State, Federal Court Decisions Named “Caselaw Access Project” (August 10, 2016)

 40 Million Pages: NY Times Reports on the Harvard Law School Library’s “Free the Law” Digitization Project (October 29, 2015)

Hat Tip/Thanks: Free.Law (Another Wonderful Project/Service)

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.