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Supreme Court Flow Chart

A flow chart depicting the course an appeal takes to get and what it goes through in the Supreme Court.

Bryce Anderson

on 6 February 2011

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Transcript of Supreme Court Flow Chart

Supreme Court Flow Chart Choosing Cases: The Supreme Court does a lot of appeal work, reviewing cases from lower courts. However they also have original jurisdiction in these 3 situations:
Diplomatic represtentatives from other nations
Disputes between 2 or more states
Disputes between state and federal government. If a case is appealed to the Court, the Supreme Court doesn't have to hear it.

The Supreme Court generally chooses cases with a large impact on society. Who may Appeal: Anyone may appeal to the Supremem Court. The Supreme Court doesn't have to hear a case once it's appealed. Appeals are written formally in "writ of certiorai" "Grant Cert" agrees to hear case.
"Denies Cert" refuses to hear case. Only 4 out of 9 of the Justices have to vote grant cert for the Court to hear the case. Once a case has been selected by the Court it is put into the Court's docket, or the Court's schedule. Filing Briefs: Both sides write a brief of the case, or a summary for the Court. Groups that are greatly affected by the outcome of a case, but not in the case can be granted a "amical cariae brief" if allowed so by the Court. Oral Argument: The most dramtic stage. Both sides are given 30 minutes to argue their side of the case. Conference: Justices meet in private. The Cheif Justice shares his opinion, and then so on from oldest to youngest. Once the opinions have been shared they decide on the vote. Preparing Opinions: If the Chief justice decides with the majority, he chooses who writes the majority opinion. If not the most senior justice decides. Likewise for the dissenting opinion. Announcing Decisions: The Supreme Court annouces their decisions earlier in the day, and on any day of the work week, for the media's conveinence. They used to do it later in the day and only on Monday's.

Also they do not hold a press confrence, for they do not restate their opinions of why the voted. You have to read the opinions for why they did what htey did.
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