The Judicial Conference of the U.S. is Expanding Access to Federal Appellate, District, and Bankruptcy Court Opinions on the FDsys Web Site
The Judicial Conference of the United States has recently decided to expand its current program of providing free, public access to opinions of federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. Although 29 selected courts' opinions have already been posted to the FDsys site, the project will soon be implemented nationally and provide access to all federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts' opinions. For local federal court practitioners, the FDsys site already contains opinions from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio from 2002-2012, as well as the years 1975, 1977 and 1983. One important caveat is that the collection of cases is not complete prior to 2004. However, the web site points out a good benefit: "[o]nce an opinion is located, all associated opinions within the same case can be accessed from the opinion More Information page."