|1.|| United States Reports (the official edition, published now by the Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.). Until 1875 the reports
were cited according to the name of the reporter, as follows (the reporter's
name usually is abbreviated in citations) :|
Beginning with the 91st volume, the reports are cited only by number. As of October, 1953 there were 345 volumes.
|2.||United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawyers Edition (published by the Lawyers' Cooperative Publishing Company, Rochester, New York, a commercial publisher). The advantage of this complete edition, which in October, 1953 numbered 96 volumes (a new bound volume appears every December or January, following the Court's term), apart from the placing of the reports in fewer volumes, lies in the inclusion of material from the briefs of opposing counsel, and a substantial number of notes and annotations on various topics of constitutional law. Lawyers' Edition is cited as L.Ed. (e.g., 96 L.Ed. 954).|
|3.||Supreme Court Reporter (published by West Publishing Company, St. Paul, Minnesota). This is similar in conception to the Lawyers' Edition, but is not a complete edition of all cases since 1789. It is cited as S.Ct. (e.g., 58 S.Ct. 166).|
All of the above publishers issue preliminary or advance sheets of the reports, those of the commercial publishers appearing much earlier than the government's. The earliest publication of the full opinions appears on Tuesday following the Monday decision in the United States Law Week, published by the Bureau of National Affairs, and in Supreme Court Bulletin, published by Commerce Clearing House.
Lower federal court opinions are published by a private publisher: the decisions of the Courts of Appeals appear in Federal Reporter in 300 numbered volumes, and subsequently numbered in a second series; they are cited as F. or F. (2d). Decisions of the District Courts appear in Federal Supplement, cited as F. Supp.