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U.S. Supreme Court

  1. Dec 26, 2004 #1

    I was just reading my government textbook, and I was a bit uncertain about the steps for deciding a major case--mostly the correct order they are in.

    Does anyone know if this order is correct?

    1 Lawyers must submit written briefs.
    2 They must then present oral arguments before the Court.
    3 The 9 justices meet to debate each case, express views and conclusions, and vote on a decision.
    4 A majority opinion may be debated and rewritten several times before the final decision is announced.
    5 A written opinion is issued that announces the Court's ruling and explains its reasoning.

    My next question focuses on the ways cases come to the Court. Does this include a writ of certiorari and whether or not the case is on appeal?

    My last question revolves around the fact that a case's final decision will make a difference. Does this fact influence the Court's decisions or is it part of the criteria for determining Supreme Court authority in cases?

    I appreciate any help. Thanks.
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  3. Dec 26, 2004 #2
    sorry, this has nothing to do with your question. I just cant work out how one posts a question on this forum. do you need special membership. I've just signed up and can't see anywhere on the website to post a query like yours. apologies again but if you could take a moment to explain the process.
    many thanks
  4. Dec 26, 2004 #3
    A writ of certiorari must be presented for a case to be heard at a higher level. Generally it goes from county, circuit, District Courts of Appeal, and then Supreme court.

    The U.S. court system, like other court systems, uses common law. This basically dictates that any ruling made on a case will be used in the future to determine future cases (thus giving it power). Any order made by the court is *usually* going to be done. This does not always happen, as evident by Brown v. Board of Education. The northern schools integrated at a much faster pace than the southern schools.

    The Supreme Court rules on whatever they choose to bring up. Since thousands of appeals are sent their way, they have the authority to choose which cases to consider.
  5. Dec 26, 2004 #4
    Caroline, I sent you a private message.
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