Answered By: Kate Britt
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2022     Views: 5

Many federal agencies publish their decisions. The format and quality of these publications vary widely.

  • Appendix C in Finding the Law (REF COLL KF240 .B45 2005x) contains a listing, by agency, of both official and commercial sources. 
  • ALR (American Law Reports) in the Reference Collection
    • This set reprints leading or interesting cases and includes extensive detailed essays citing dozens of state and federal cases on the topic. The essays, called annotations, are usually on fairly narrow questions of law, but can be a good place to start if there is a relevant annotation. There are several series (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and Federal). Go to the index volumes first.
    • For law students, ALR is also available on both Lexis and Westlaw.
  • The HeinOnline U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, and Appeals database is a collection of the official case law (decision law) of some of the United States’ most important government institutions. This case law is the body of reported judicial opinions that are published by each agency and thereby become precedent and the basis for future decisions.
  • The University of Virginia Library Administrative Decisions guide provides links to agency documents available on the internet.

For more information about administrative decisions, see:

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