Answered By: Kate Britt
Last Updated: Mar 03, 2022     Views: 872

Generally, slip opinions are judicial decisions that are not published in a reporter. Slip opinions are cited using the docket number. (See Bluebook rule 10.1)

U.S. Supreme Court

Slip opinions are the first version of the Court’s opinions. A slip opinion consists of the majority or principal opinion, any concurring or dissenting opinions written by the Justices, and a prefatory syllabus prepared by the Reporter’s Office that summarizes the decision.

  • A slip opinion is posted on the SCOTUS website soon after it is issued and remains there for the rest of the Term, when it is published in the U.S. Reports.
  • SCOTUS slip opinions (from 2002-current) are also available in the HeinOnline U.S. Supreme Court Library.

U.S. Courts of Appeals

Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals

The Michigan Courts website allows opinion searches by party name, docket number, keyword, or a combination thereof.


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