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Judicial Branch Government Test: Essay portion
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What are the opinions of the court?
They explain court decisions hy the court voted the way that they did, it set a precedent, a standard/ guideline for all federal judges to follow
chief justice gets to write the opinion of the court but has to be with the majority
If the chief justice doesn't want to write the opinion, what can he do?
he could let a designated person 2 write it, it could go to seniority
What are dissenting opinions?
the justices w the minority side. They will explain their disagreement with other side, basis for future overturn
What are concurring opinions?
votes with the majority, but disagrees with the explanation, they have their own opinion
What are reasons why justices turn down appeals?
1. judges are in agreement with lower courts decision
2. justices may or may not agree with decision, but the case is not of constitutional importance
3. timing is wrong
4. "doctrines of political questions"
- justices feel that case involves a political question best solved by the other branches of gov
5. not a real case of controversy under constitution
- there has to be an actual case, can't just say that I want something, somebody should be getting sed or right s are being taken away
6. occasionally the court will hear a "contrived case"- set someone up, so that they can could get elected
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