What do the numbers in a court case represent?

For instance, in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483, what does "347 U.S. 483" represent?

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  • D50
    Lv 6
    1 month ago
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    It's where the decision is officially published. That means page 483 of volume 347 of United States reports, which is the official record of the Supreme Court.

  • Bruce
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    That is the filing system. We have the internet now, but before those days they needed a way to locate a published decision. Think of it as doing the same thing as the Dewey Decimal system the library uses. 

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