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Virginia Resources

This State Guide provides an in-depth look at sources of law in Virginia.

Cases

Virginia Supreme Court (formerly Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals)

Virginia Reports and Virginia Reports Annotated (official print reporter). All Supreme Court opinions are published. Each volume contains a List of Cases, Cases Cited, Constitution and Statutes Cited, Cases Explained, Criticized or Overruled, Appeals and Withdrawals of Execution Refused, Citation of Virginia Reports, Supreme Court Rules and an Index. The formal titles have changed throughout the history of the print version.

Opinions Search – Supreme Court of Virginia and Court of Appeals of Virginia (Virginia's Judicial System) (Supreme Court of Virginia 1995 - ; Court of Appeals of Virginia published opinions from 1995 – , unpublished opinions 2002 - ).

VA Supreme Court Cases from 1730 on Lexis or All Virginia Federal & State Cases, Combined on Lexis.

Virginia Supreme Court Cases on Westlaw (1790 -) or Virginia State & Federal Cases on Westlaw.

Virginia Supreme Court Cases on Bloomberg Law (1729 - ).

Virginia Lawyers Weekly (1998 - ).

Virginia Historical Reports for Supreme Court on HeinOnline.

Virginia Historical Reports including colonial period on HeinOnline.

Virginia Historical Reports including colonial period on LLMC Digital.

Virginia Court of Appeals

Virginia Court of Appeals Reports (official reporter). Not all Court of Appeals opinions are published. Each volume contains a Table of Cases, Table of Cases Cited, Table of Statutes, Words and Phrases and a key number digest.

Opinions Search – Supreme Court of Virginia and Court of Appeals of Virginia (Virginia's Judicial System) (Supreme Court of Virginia 1995 - ; Court of Appeals of Virginia published opinions from 1995 – , unpublished opinions 2002 - ).

VA Court of Appeals Cases from 1985 on Lexis or All Virginia Federal & State Cases, Combined on Lexis.

Virginia Court of Appeals Cases on Westlaw (1985 - ; reported and unreported cases) or Virginia State & Federal Cases on Westlaw.

Court of Appeals Decisions on Bloomberg Law (1985 - ; select unpublished decisions from 2005) or All Virginia State Cases on Bloomberg Law.

Virginia Lawyers Weekly (1998 - ).

South Eastern Reporter (S.E. and S.E. 2d) (unofficial reporter).

Virginia Circuit Courts

There is no official reporter for Circuit Court Opinions.

In print: Virginia Circuit Court Opinions,  Call Number: State 1st Floor KFV2451 .V57 v.1 -  (1985 - ), currently updated at Law Library. Selected opinions. Each volume contains a Subject listing, a Table of Cases, Table of Constitution, Statutes and Rules Cited.

VA Circuit Courts - Trial Orders on Lexis (earliest decision dated 1855) or All Virginia Federal & State Cases, Combined on Lexis .

Virginia Trial Court Cases on Westlaw (1976 - ) or Virginia State & Federal Cases on Westlaw.

Virginia Circuit Court on Bloomberg Law (1957 - ) or All Virginia State Cases on Bloomberg Law.

Dockets

Docket Search

Case Status and Information (Virginia's Judicial System): Includes the case information for Supreme Court of Virginia, Court of Appeals of Virginia, as well as criminal and traffic case information in general district courts and select circuit courts.

Records & Briefs

Some Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals historical records & briefs are available for on-site viewing at Univ. of Richmond's Muse Law Library.