Google announced a great enhancement to their case search feature found in Google Scholar. Back in 2009, Google began providing access to full text federal and state case law. If this is news to you, check out my Wisconsin State Bar Inside Track article or this article by Internet for Lawyers.
For regular users of this tool, you may have been frustrated with its inability to narrow your search by a particular court or circuit. Well, it appears that Google has been a significant improvement in that area. To refine your search, select the “advanced search” option of Google Scholar and scroll down to the bottom of the page. In the section labeled “Legal opinions and journals,” either use the drop down menu boxes to select a particular court or click on the “select specific courts to search.” This will provide you with endless options:
This is another useful enhancement for those who are looking for free case law search tools.