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Unformatted text preview: Courts of appeals The second tier of courts in the federal judicial system, between the supreme and district courts. Writ of certiorari an order that is given by a superior court to an appellate court and that directs the lower court to send up a case the superior court has chosen to review Rule of four when four justices support hearing a case the certiorari petition is granted Amicus curiae Friend of the court. A brief filed in a lawsuit by an individual or group that is not party to the lawsuit but that has an interest in the outcome Solicitor general the official responsible for representing the US government before the Supreme Court...
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- Spring '08
- American Politics