Writ of Certiorari an order issued by a higher court to a lower court to send

Writ of certiorari an order issued by a higher court

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Writ of Certiorari - an order issued by a higher court to a lower court to send up the record of a case for review. “Rule of Four” - a US Supreme Court procedure by which four justices must vote to grant a petition for review if a case is to come before the full court. How the Court operates:
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1. Oral Arguments- the verbal arguments presented in person by attorneys to an appellate court. 2. Amicus Curiae - someone who is not a party to a case and who assists a court by offering information, expertise, or insight that has a bearing on the issues in the case. 3. Opinion - the statement by a judge or a court of the decision reached in a case. 4. Affirm - to declare that a court ruling is valid and must stand. 5. Reverse - to annul or make void a court ruling on account of some error or irregularity. 6. Remand - to send a case back to the court that originally heard it. Supreme Court Opinions: I. Majority Opinion - a court opinion reflecting the views of the majority of the judges. II. Concurring Opinion - a separate opinion prepared by a judge who supports the decision of the majority of the court but who wants to make or clarify a particular point or to voice disapproval of the grounds on which the decision was made. III. Dissenting Opinion - a separate opinion in which a judge dissents from the conclusion reached by the majority on the court and expounds his or her own views about the case. Selection of Federal Judges (850 judgeships in the US) All federal judges are appointed (Article II, Section 2) President appoints SC justices with the advice and consent of the Senate o Same procedure for staffing other federal courts o Federal Judges are appointed for life In choosing judges, the president considers competence, political philosophy, ethnicity, gender.
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  • Fall '17
  • Law, Marbury v. Madison, Supreme Court of the United States, President of the United States, US Supreme Court, United States federal courts

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