Oyez Project

Via Illinois Institute of Technology

Goal

Making state and appellate court documents freely available and useful to journalists, scholars and the public, by providing straightforward summaries of decisions, free audio recordings and more

The activities of courts across the country are often hard to access and understand. For the past 20 years, the Oyez Project has worked to open the U.S. Supreme Court by offering clear case summaries, opinions and free access to audio recordings and transcripts. With Knight Foundation funding, Oyez Project will expand to state supreme and federal appellate courts, offering information to the public about the work of these vital but largely anonymous institutions.

Beginning in the five largest states that serve over one-third of the American public, Oyez Project will work with courts to catalog materials and reformat them following open standards practices. In conjunction with local partners, Oyez will annotate the materials, adding data and concise summaries that make the content more accessible for a non-legal audience. Oyez will release this information under a Creative Commons license and make it available online and through a mobile application.

Project Team

Illinois Institute of Technology