Google-searching the Supreme Court

Once upon a time, if you do a search at the Supreme Court website for cases or jurisprudence, all you get are decisions or resolutions Supreme Court. You can click, read and quote right away, which is good if you don’t have the luxury of time. The only thing you’ll have to watch out is this – separate opinions (concurring or dissenting) of justices are sometimes presented in a separate page, just like the main decision (without the case title, of course).

Those days are gone. Now, you have to be very careful because decisions of the Court of Appeals, the Sandiganbayan and the Court of Tax Appeals are also included when you google-search the SC site. You can easily distinguish the CA decisions/resolutions, though, by their format. CA decisions are presented in PDF format, with the option to view it through html. Of course, you could always see the link at the bottom and see that there’s a “ca” at the first part of the link. It looks like this (the SC decision is the bottom one, while the CA decision is on top):

Screenshot of Supreme Court site google-search

Sandiganbayan and CTA seacrh results, on the other hand, are presented pretty much like those of the SC.

By the way, I’m talking about google-search on the Supreme Court site, which is done why going to Google, writing your search parameter (or search string), then adding this line – site: (works with any other site should you want to limit your search). I already explained why I prefer this mode even if the Supreme Court site has its own search function.

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