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Politics of the United States
Gov. Unit 3 Lesson 10: The Supreme Court as a Political Institution (96.66%)
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former profession of all Supreme Court justices
justice explains why she disagreed with a ruling
has small percentage of its cases fall under original jurisdiction
Rule of Four
the least number of justices needed to schedule a case
Latin for "let the decision stand"
written document in which a justice supports an opinion but not the reasoning behind the decision
October to June
regular session of the Court
informs lower courts as to how other similar cases should be judged and describes how the Court arrived at the decision
The best title for the above diagram would be "___________."
?<-----List of appealed cases
?<-----Used by the chief justice to hear cases
Appealed Cases to the Supreme Court
Select THREE typical reasons why Supreme Court justices have difficulties reaching decisions.
-their past experiences
Oral arguments presented by lawyers on both sides before the Supreme Court typically last ___________.
to send a decision back to a lower court with orders to implement it
the cases that the chief justice brings before the rest of the Court for consideration
special interest groups that file briefs to testify in cases
principle that ensures decisions are based on previous decisions
writ of certiorari
legal document sent from a superior court requesting records from a lower court
Arrange the steps that a case takes in moving through the Supreme Court in chronological order using the numbers 1-10. (One of these are wrong)
1: The Rule of Four is invoked.
2: The writ of certiorari is given, allowing the case to proceed.
3: The case is placed on Court docket's schedule.
4: The parties prepare briefs.
5: An amicus curiae is requested.
6: The Court hears oral arguments by lawyers.
7: The Court moves into private conference to discuss the case.
8: The justices discuss the case and take a preliminary vote.
9: the majority, concurring, and dissenting opinions showing disagreement are written before the decision is announced.
10: The decision is sent to lower courts for implementation.
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