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, Supreme Court of the United States, District Courts