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Helpful Resources – Journalist’s Guide

These online resources provide valuable assistance in understanding and reporting on the courts.

Federal court websites. Every federal court has its own website, with court locations and hours, local rules, access to PACER records, and other court information. Access links to all court websites.

The Supreme Court website,, includes a court calendar and opinions.

The Judicial Conference of the United States sets policy for the federal Judiciary. Find information about the Conference, including membership and reports on its proceedings.

The Federal Judicial Center,, provides training and research for the federal Judiciary. Its website includes:

Financial disclosure statements of federal judges and senior court personnel may be sought through the Administrative Office’s Financial Disclosure Committee staff. The process is explained in the Judiciary’s disclosure request form.

The United States Sentencing Commission,, establishes sentencing guidelines for the federal criminal justice system.

FDsys, an online Government Publishing Office service, has text-searchable published opinions for all regional U.S. courts of appeals and for some U.S. district and bankruptcy courts.

Title 28 of the United States Code, which governs the federal courts, is available at FDsys.

The Judiciary website,, has many resources:

Social Media. Federal courts sometimes maintain their own social media accounts that are linked from individual court websites. The Adminstrative Office of the U.S. Courts maintains a presence in the following social media: