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Unformatted text preview: April 4, 2011 A-Criteria SC judges use for selecting cases 1- Primarily almost entirely an Appellate Court a. Picks cases on appeal b. Very few cases are original jurisdiction b.i. Court would be required to take those cases because they go straight to the SC c. Appellate Courts can choose to take a case or not take a case d. Some years, all the cases the Court hears are under Appellate jurisdiction e. There are 94 federal district courts across the country e.i. Hear thousands of cases f. Then Appellate leveland then to SC 2- How does the Court decide? 3- Five Criteria (baum book) a. Technical Criteria a.i. Standing a.ii. Mootness a.iii. Ripeness a.iv. Does the Court have jurisdiction? b. Policy Preferences of the Judges b.i. An agenda setting opportunity for the judges b.ii. Courts are reactive b.ii.1. This is a way judges can shape political agenda b.ii.2. If a judge thinks that a lower court behaved badly, may choose to take that case, because they have a strong interest in establishing the policy b.iii. Preferences of judges come into play in how they see federal statutes and the constitution applied to particular types of questions b.iv.b....
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