This research guide includes the records and briefs resources at the Law Library and online. Briefs are the legal arguments submitted to the court by each party in support of its position. They generally contain a thorough analysis of the particular law with citations for supporting legal materials. Briefs can be utilized by attorneys to understand why a court decided a case the way that it did and to develop arguments in similar cases. They can also provide access to full text legislative histories, superseded statutes as well as valuable administrative or agency documents.
Records include trial transcripts, pleadings, orders, motions and other documents from the case. The case record is helpful to understand the various stages of a case and obtain factual information about the case.
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