Court Reporters

Court Reporters in the United States

Official Court Reporters

Here are the official reporters for the most commonly cited Federal Courts. If you
need to know the official reporter for another state or federal court, see in this Encyclopedia.

The Court and Reporter are:

  • United States Supreme Court: United States Reports (U.S.).
  • Federal Courts of Appeal: Federal Reporter (F., F.2d, F.3d), West’s Federal Appendix (F. App.) (this reporter contains opinions issued by the United States Courts of Appeal that have not been officially certified for publication. Only those issued after January 1, 2007 are always citable).
  • Federal District Courts: Federal Supplement (F. Supp., F. Supp. 2d), Federal Rules Decisions (F.R.D.), Bankruptcy Reporter (B.R.).

Other Cited Official Reporters

Here are the official reporters for the most commonly cited California Courts. Here are information about unplublished cases at Federal level.

Mealey’s Litigation Reports

Mealey’s Legal News & Litigation Reports is a series of periodicals that summarize and reprints briefs, unreported judicial opinions, and other pleadings from cases primarily in the areas of: (1) insurance, (2) toxic torts and (3) intellectual property. Mealey’s used to be an independent company, but now it is part of LexisNexis.

Information about the series is available at The Mealey’s page posted by Lexis provides information on the full line of Mealey Reports.

If you have the relevant reporter in print, you can search the annual indexes to find what you need. Otherwise, you can search databases of Mealey’s articles on Lexis (MEALEY;MEALEY).

You can get the underlying court documents back to March 2002 on Lexis. For older documents, you can get the document number or page from the summary and call Mealey’s Document Delivery Service (800-632-5397). They can send you the document by e-mail, fax, fed-ex or U.S. mail.

TIP: If you don’t wan’t to pay for the summary just to get the document number, try calling Mealey’s. Tell them the date, title and issue of the summary and they’re may be willing to look up the document number for you for free.

On Mealey’s Document Numbers: Each summary has a document number; the first two digits are the type of reporter (ex. Insurance is 03), then there’s a dash; the next two digits are the year, the next two are the month and the next two are the date, then there’s another dash; the next digit is either a 1 (if the primary source is published in the paper copy) or 0 (if it isn’t); the last two digits are supposed to indicate the order of the document in the paper publication, but it’s imprecise.

Court Reporters (Judicial Officers)

This section introduces, discusses and describes the basics of court reporters. Then, cross references and a brief overview about Judicial Officers is provided. Finally, the subject of Civil Procedure in relation with court reporters is examined. Note that a list of cross references, bibliography and other resources appears at the end of this entry.


See Also

Unreported Decisions
Medical Devices

Further Reading

Court Reporters: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Court Reporters. This part provides references, in relation to Court Reporters, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Court Reporters by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Court Reporters and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Court Reporters or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Court Reporters and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Court Reporters. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Court Reporters should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Court Reporters when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

Law in Other Regions

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