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Zimmerman's Research Guide


United States Court of International Trade

The U.S. Court of International Trade and its predecessor, the United States Customs Court (1938-1980), were created to try cases related to international trade. The Court's web site (www.cit.uscourts.gov) provides contact information, court rules, biographical information and special procedures for individual judges, the court calendar, forms and slip opinions back to 1999. Docket sheets and electronically filed pleadings are available through the Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system.

Opinions: Customs Court opinions were reported officially in Custom Court Reports, and Court of International Trade opinions are reported officially in Court of International Trade Reports. Court of International Trade opinions are also reported in the Federal Supplement, Customs Bulletin and Decisions and International Trade Reporter Decisions.

The Court posts slip opinions free back to 1999. For older cases and the best searching, Westlaw (FINT-CIT) has Customs Court and Court of International Trade opinions back to 1938. Lexis has Customs Court opinions from 1962 to 1980 and Court of International Trade opinions from 1980 (INTLAW;CASES). Bloomberg Law has searchable opinions from 1949, and Versuslaw has searchable opinions from 1999. Very recent cases (past 2 years) are also available via FDsys.

See Also
Case Pulls
Docket Sheets
Federal Court Rules
International Trade
United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
United States Court of Appeals
United States Courts, generally
World Trade Organization

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