Of all the cases appealed to the Supreme Court each year, only 1% of them get heard.How do they get there?
   Original Jurisdiction    › What are the two      circumstances where      the Supreme Court has      Original Jurisdic...
 An order from the Supreme Court to  send up records from a lower court case  for review People can petition the Court f...
 Decision of a lower  federal or state court has  been requested to be  reviewed Few cases arrive on  appeal If a case ...
 Cases worthy of consideration get put  on the “discuss list” (about 1/3) If four of the justices agree to hear the  cas...
   1. Submitting briefs   2. Oral Arguments   3. The Conference   4. Writing the Opinion
   Written statement from    lawyers    › Legal arguments    › Relevant facts    › Precedents   Amicus Curiae Brief    ›...
 Each lawyer gets 30  min to summarize their  key points Justices may interrupt  and ask questions Time warning-    › W...
 TOP SECRET The nine justices meet  wed. and fri. to discuss  the cases they have  heard No records are kept No one el...
 Unanimous decision- all agree Majority opinion- most of justices Concurring opinion- agree with  majority’s opinion, b...
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  1. 1. Of all the cases appealed to the Supreme Court each year, only 1% of them get heard.How do they get there?
  2. 2.  Original Jurisdiction › What are the two circumstances where the Supreme Court has Original Jurisdiction? From lower courts › Writ of Certiorari › On Appeal
  3. 3.  An order from the Supreme Court to send up records from a lower court case for review People can petition the Court for certiorari › Must argue that the lower court made a mistake or… › The case involves a constitutional issue Only 10% get accepted
  4. 4.  Decision of a lower federal or state court has been requested to be reviewed Few cases arrive on appeal If a case is dismissed, the decision of the lower court stands
  5. 5.  Cases worthy of consideration get put on the “discuss list” (about 1/3) If four of the justices agree to hear the case, it will be heard Per CuriamOpinion-  Court rules quickly on the basis of written materials only  Brief, unsigned statement of the court’s opinion
  6. 6.  1. Submitting briefs 2. Oral Arguments 3. The Conference 4. Writing the Opinion
  7. 7.  Written statement from lawyers › Legal arguments › Relevant facts › Precedents Amicus Curiae Brief › “friend of the court” › Briefs from interest groups/govt. agencies who are not directly involved, but have an interest in the case
  8. 8.  Each lawyer gets 30 min to summarize their key points Justices may interrupt and ask questions Time warning- › White light (5 min) › Red light- stop talking immediately
  9. 9.  TOP SECRET The nine justices meet wed. and fri. to discuss the cases they have heard No records are kept No one else is allowed in the room When they leave, they have a decision › Need majority to make ruling
  10. 10.  Unanimous decision- all agree Majority opinion- most of justices Concurring opinion- agree with majority’s opinion, but for different reasons Dissenting opinion- justices on the losing side
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