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Locating Federal & Washington Case Law Materials: Introduction

This guide highlights free resources on the web for locating federal and Washington state court opinions and briefs.

Case Law

Established as law in previous court decisions, Case Law is a synonym for legal precedent. It is akin to common law, which springs from tradition and judicial decisions. - from Glossary of Terms, United States Courts website.


Special acknowledgement: This guide was developed by Ana Clarkson, Chastek Library intern and Master of Library Science candidate.

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