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Friday, June 6, 2014

Coming Soon: New Multimedia Archive for the Supreme Court of Texas and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Oyez.org, a project of  IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, has teamed up with the Texas Tribune to launch an online archive of cases from the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Coming in late summer, the resource will provide case summaries produced by the Texas Tribune along with opinions, transcript-synchronized videos of oral arguments, and information about decisions and biographies of justices. The project is being financed with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

First developed in 1997, Oyez is a multimedia resource that provides free, open access to the materials of the Supeme Court of the United States including opinions, oral arguments, explanations of decisions in a format accessible to non-legal audiences. Oyez will not only be expanding to cover Texas courts, but is developing similar sites for California, New York, Illinois, and Florida.  Eventually, Oyez hopes to offer the same in-depth coverage for all state supreme courts and appeallate courts. The Texas Tribune is planning its own companion site where the same information will be available and fundraising is underway to provide Spanish translations of case summaries as well.

In the meantime, if you are looking for information about Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals cases, visit Texas Courts Online. We look forward to updating you when the site is officially launched!

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