Link rot has plagued the hallowed halls of the Supreme Court. The UC Berkeley School of Law Library has partnered with application developer Philip Ardery to address this problem by hosting U.S. Supreme Court Web Citations, a web service that captures snapshots of any web resource cited by the United States Supreme Court immediately after their opinions are issued. The goal of the service is to leverage current web and archiving technologies to minimize the link rot that complicates research as websites change or become unavailable over time.
When a judicial opinion cites something from the web, researchers should be able to check it later and find exactly what it looked like when it was cited.1
This is a stopgap initiative until the Court implements a permanent solution. At present there are 612 decisions archived in PDF format on the site.