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Deciding Cases at the Supreme Court. 8-4. 8-4 Objectives. 1. Explain the steps taken by the Supreme Court in deciding which cases to hear. 2. Describe the factors that influence Supreme Court decisions. 1. When is the Supreme Court in session?. October to June or July.

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8 4 objectives
8-4 Objectives
  • 1. Explain the steps taken by the Supreme Court in deciding which cases to hear.
  • 2. Describe the factors that influence Supreme Court decisions.
2 how many justices have to agree before the court will accept a case
2. How many justices have to agree before the Court will accept a case?
  • 4 to 9 justices have to agree to accept a case
3 what is a court docket
3. What is a Court “docket”?
  • A docket is a calendar listing the accepted cases to be heard by the Supreme Court
4 why do lawyers prepare briefs for the court
4. Why do lawyers prepare briefs for the Court?
  • Lawyers prepare briefs to explain their side’s position on the case. The justices study the briefs before the case is heard.
5 what is the difference b w a majority opinion a dissenting opinion and a concurring opinion
5. What is the difference b/w a majority opinion, a dissenting opinion, and a concurring opinion?
  • Majority opinion is a statement that explains the opinion of the majority of justices on the case
  • Dissenting opinion is the statement written by a justice who disagrees with the majority opinion.
  • Concurring opinion is an opinion written by a justice who votes w/ the majority, but for different reasons.
6 why must the supreme court print its opinion
6. Why must the Supreme Court print its opinion?
  • Courts around the country use the Supreme Court’s decisions as precedents
7 what are 4 reasons behind supreme court s decisions
7. What are 4 reasons behind Supreme Court’s decisions?
  • The law, social conditions, the justices’ legal views and the justices’ personal beliefs
8 why are precedents important in supreme court decision making
8. Why are precedents important in Supreme Court decision making?
  • All courts try to follow precedents to make the law predictable and consistent