How The Supreme Court Operates Essay

2264 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 10 Pages
How the Supreme Court Operates The Supreme Court, which sees almost 150 petitions per week, called cert petitions, must carefully select the cases that they want to spend their time and effort on (Savage 981). If they didn’t select them carefully, the nine justices would quickly be overrun, therefore they have put in place a program to weed through the court cases in order to pick out the small number they will discuss. There are a several criteria that are used to judge whether or not a case will be tried. The first, is whether or not the lower courts decided the case based on another one of the Supreme Court’s decisions for they will investigate these in order to withhold or draw back their conclusion that they made in their court case. Another is the case’s party alignment: sometimes the justices will pick cases that will align with their party beliefs, like trying to get a death row inmate off of his death sentence. They also make claims about the “life” of the case- the Supreme Court only hears “live” cases- they do not try to go back in time and re-mark a case that has long since been decided (Savage 981). Lastly, they like to take cases where the lower courts did not concur with one another -these cases can have to do with interpretations of the law that have been left up to the lower courts and should be specifically defined by the Supreme Court (Savage 982). The process of the judging on this criteria goes like this: First, a business or organization that…

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