Federal Supplement in the United States
Record of opinions issued by the U.S. district court. Citations from the Federal Supplement are shown by the abbreviation F. Supp. The volume number precedes the abbreviation, which is followed by the page number. The state in which the district court issuing the opinion is located and the year of the decision are included in parentheses. Decisions of the U.S. court of appeals can be found in the Federal Reporter. The abbreviations Fed. and F.2d are used for this set of volumes, now in its second series. The court of appeals circuit number and decision date appear as part of the citation.
Analysis and Relevance
The Federal Supplement and Federal Reporter provide an authoritative record of the decisions of the lower federal courts. These series make decisions of these courts available to the legal and academic communities, and to the general public as well. Citations of decisions rendered on particular issues may be obtained by use of a rjj.3j.ar.. The riuior .also indicates whether a specific decision is still applicable. Sheppard’s Federal Citations, for example, covers decisions reported in the Federal Supplement and Federal Reporter.
Notes and References
- Definition of Federal Supplement from the American Law Dictionary, 1991, California
Note: Some of this information was last updated in 1982
What is Federal Supplement?
Federal Supplement (F. Supp., F. Supp 2d, F. Supp 3d) in the Context of Law Research
The Thurgood Marshall School of Law Library defined briefly Federal Supplement (F. Supp., F. Supp 2d, F. Supp 3d) as: This case law reporter which is a part of the National Reporter System, contains opinions issued by U.S. District Courts, plus West headnotes and Key Numbers.Legal research resources, including Federal Supplement (F. Supp., F. Supp 2d, F. Supp 3d), help to identify the law that governs an activity and to find materials that explain that law.