Visible and Invisible: The Case for a Territorial Reporter

By Joseph T. Gasper II
April 1, 2023

This Essay discusses the relative invisibility of opinions issued by America’s territorial courts. Today, there is no territorial reporter that publishes the decisions of these courts, making it difficult, if not impossible, to find territorial case law. The absence of a territorial reporter excludes Territories from the national legal community and obscures the efforts of past judges and justices who grappled with the same administrative and constitutional challenges which American Territories face today. To remedy this issue, this Essay argues that it is time for a dedicated territorial reporter.