Wisconsin has been using public domain citations since Jan. 1, 2000. In addition to the public domain citation, Wisconsin opinions are found in the official reporters published by West. The majority of states who have adopted the public domain citation format continue to publish the opinions in reporters.
Illinois, however, has made chosen a different route. The Illinois Supreme Court announced that not only is the court migrating to public domain citations; they are eliminating the print reporters. The announcement states, “This new method will eliminate the need to contractually publish and purchase the official opinions in bound volumes.”
The opinions will officially reside on the website of the Illinois Supreme Court. For more information, check out the Law Librarian Blog post from June 1.
Makes me wonder if more states will be moving in this direction?