The Court must determine the meaning of certain provisions as they apply to

The court must determine the meaning of certain

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b. The Court must determine the meaning of certain provisions as they apply to situations v. Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court a. Consists of nine justices a chief justice and eight associate justices b. Court has original or trial jurisdiction only in rare instances c. Rarely does a case originate at the Supreme Court level vi. Which Cases Reach the Supreme Court? a. Thousands of cases are filed with the Supreme Court each year and on average, the Court hears fewer than 100 b. With a writ of certiorari, the Supreme Court orders a lower court to send it the record of a case for review c. More than 90% of petitions for a writ of certiorari are denied 1. The Court will not issue a writ unless at least four justices approve it 2. Unless justices feel that the case addresses important federal law or constitutional issues, they will vote to deny the writ of certiorari v. Supreme Court Decisions a. General Notes 1. Normally the Supreme Court does not hear any evidence 2. Decision is based on the written record of the case and the written arguments that the attorneys submit 3. Attorneys can also present oral arguments 4. Justices discuss the case in conference b. Majorities and Pluralities 1. When a decision has been reached, the chief justice assigns the task of writing the Court’s opinion to one of the justices 2. The opinion outlines the reasons for the decision 3. Plurality opinions are opinions in which no single reason gets five votes c. Concurrence and Dissent
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