APAG Ch. 15 The Judiciary Assignment 2 Pages 457-477 1. How many Courts of Appeals are in the U.S.? Where do their cases come from? There are 13 U.S. Courts of Appeals. Most of their cases come from the federal district courts.
A class-action suit is a lawsuit filed by an individual seeking damages for “all persons similarly situated.”
Less than one-half of one percent of all cases reach the Supreme Court.
1) Whether a legal question has been decided differently by various lower courts and needs resolution by the highest court.
2) Whether a lower court’s decision conflicts with an existing Supreme Court ruling.
4) Whether the solicitor general is pressuring the Court to take a case.
Once appointed, they keep the job for life.
2) Legislative Checks – the power of the purse by Congress; Constitutional Amendments; rewriting laws
3) Public Opinion – the public can ignore a ruling of the Supreme Court
4) Judicial Traditions and Doctrines – Self-restraint; stare decisis (let it stand); justiciable suits (real cases); political questions (should be solved by the other two branches)