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Court Opinions

  • Federal Digital System U. S. Courts Opinions Collection

A complete text searchable database of court opinions is available through the Government Printing Office Federal Digital System ("FDsys") at:

  • Court Opinions Search
    The following search feature provides access, at no cost, to "written opinions" (see below) issued in the Southern District of Indiana. Electronic access to other case documents requires a PACER account (fees apply). Please see Obtaining Copies of Court Documents for more information.

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What is a Written Opinion?

The E-Government Act (Pub. L. No. 107-347) sets forth requirements for providing public access to government information over the Internet, including, but not limited to, written opinions issued by the court. Written opinions have been defined by the Judicial Conference as “any document issued by a judge or judges of the court sitting in that capacity, that sets forth a reasoned explanation for a court’s decision.” The authoring Judge determines which documents meet this definition.

If a court opinion is cited in a filing document, please refer to Local Rule 7-1(d). If a specific court opinion does not appear in a search, please contact the Clerk’s Office for assistance.