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CET256 Legal Aspects of Surveying: Court Cases

Instructor: Brad Lyon

What is case law?

From Wikipedia:

Case law is the reported decisions of selected appellate and other courts (called courts of first impression) which make new interpretations of the law and, therefore, can be cited as precedents in a process known as stare decisis. These interpretations are distinguished from statutory law which are the statutes and codes enacted by legislative bodies; regulatory law (a.k.a. administrative law) which are regulations established by governmental agencies based on statutes; and in some states, common law which are the generally accepted laws carried to the United States from England.

Find Case Law

  • Under the Browse option, select the State Materials tab
  • Select Pennsylvania
  • Under Satutes & Court Rules, select ALL Pennsylvania State Cases
  • Use the search box at the top of the screen for your topic

OR

  • Use the Advanced Search option
  • If you have a citation for a specific case, you can search by citation number (e.g., 98 S.CT 2733)
  • If you have the name of a case, you can search by title (e.g., Roe v. Wade)

 

Use this to look up Pennsylvania case law decided by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 1791, the Pennsylvania Superior Courts from 1895, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Courts from 1970, the Commonwealth Court of Judicial Discipline from 1994, and decisions from the Courts of Common Pleas reported in Pennsylvania District & County Reports from 1918 and the Philadelphia County Reporter from 1977.

  • Using the Guided Search on the main page, select Cases
  • Select State Cases for your jurisdiction: typing in Pennsylvania and selecting it
  • enter your search term

Note: If you have a citation or case name, you can simply search for this in the main search box.

  • Enter keywords if looking up cases on your topic OR enter a specific case name as an exact phrase
  • Under the search box, check the button next to Case law, then select Pennsylvania courts
  • Click the search button
  • Under the Browse option, select the All Content 
  • Select Cases
  • Select either All Federal Cases OR All State Cases OR the Federal Caes by Court section
  • Search within this content using the search bar at the top of the screen

  • All Federal Cases contains documents from the U.S. Supreme Court, courts of appeals, former circuit courts, district courts, bankruptcy courts, former Court of Claims, Court of Federal Claims, Tax Court, related federal and territorial courts and military courts with coverage beginning in 1790. A document is a case (a decision or order) decided by one of these courts.
  • All State Cases contains documents from the state courts of all 50 states and the local courts of the District of Columbia with coverage beginning in 1658. A document is a case (a decision or order) decided by one of these courts.
  • Supreme Court Cases contains documents from the U.S. Supreme Court with coverage beginning in 1790. A document is a case (a decision or order) decided by the court.
  • Using the Guided Search on the main page, select Cases
  • Select Federal or State Cases for your jurisdiction
  • enter your search term

Note: If you have a citation or case name, you can simply search for this in the main search box.

  • Enter keywords if looking up cases on your topic OR enter a specific case name as an exact phrase
  • Under the search box, check the button next to Case law, then select a specific court (federal, etc.) 
  • Click the search button