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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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The supreme court

The Supreme Court


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


Current court

Current Court


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Current Court


Supreme court s work

Supreme Court’s Work

  • First Monday in October – June/July

  • Original Jurisdiction v. Appellate Jurisdiction

  • Cert Petitions

  • “Rule of Four”


Certiorari petitions

Certiorari Petitions


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


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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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