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U.S. Supreme Court

A great place to start your research on the U.S. Supreme Court and its decisions.

Resources on Nominations

The first published report of Judicial Committee public hearings was that of the nomination hearings of Louis D. Brandeis in 1916.

  • Law Library of Congress: Supreme Court Nominations - Confirmed and Not Confirmed: selected floor debates, votes, hearing transcripts and Senate statements.
  • The Supreme Court of the United States: Hearings and Reports on Successful and Unsuccessful Nominations of Supreme Court Justices by the Senate Judiciary Committee, 1916- : KF 8744 J8
    • Complete reprint of documents since 1916.
  • GPO's Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Supreme Court Nomination Hearings, 1971 onward: Committee page and by justice
  • Research files of John P. Frank on U.S. Supreme Court nominations: Tarlton Archives

See also ABA's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, which evaluates the professional qualifications of federal court nominees, including those to the Supreme Court.

Navigating Tarlton's Collection

C-SPAN Video Library: Confirmation Hearings

C-SPAN Video Library has a series dedicated to footage of various Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings. The video clip below is a sample.