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The Supreme Court. Work of the Federal Courts. Remember: 97% of cases are handled by state courts Federal Court Jurisdiction Federal Question Federal statute or regulation U.S. Constitution Diversity Jurisdiction. Supreme Court. Article III Appointment Life Tenure Composition

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work of the federal courts
Work of the Federal Courts
  • Remember: 97% of cases are handled by state courts
  • Federal Court Jurisdiction
    • Federal Question
      • Federal statute or regulation
      • U.S. Constitution
    • Diversity Jurisdiction
supreme court
Supreme Court
  • Article III
  • Appointment
  • Life Tenure
  • Composition
    • Associate Justices
    • Chief Justice
    • Law Clerks
supreme court s work
Supreme Court’s Work
  • First Monday in October – June/July
  • Original Jurisdiction v. Appellate Jurisdiction
  • Cert Petitions
  • “Rule of Four”
deciding on the merits
Deciding on the Merits
  • Information
    • Litigant Briefs
    • “Record”
    • Amicus Briefs
    • Oral Argument
      • 30 minutes per side
  • Conference Votes
opinions
Opinions
  • Opinion of the Court
    • Majority
    • Plurality
  • Dissenting Opinions
  • Concurring Opinions
opinions1
Opinions
  • Describe History of Case
  • Describe “Precedent”
    • Stare decisis
    • Reason by analogy
  • Holding
    • Becomes precedent
    • Weight depends on majority v. plurality
what matters
What Matters
  • Not Just Who Wins / Who Loses
  • REASONING
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