The Supreme Court Compendium provides historical and statistical information on the Supreme Court: its institutional development; caseload; decision trends; the background, nomination, and voting behavior of its justices; its relationship with public, governmental, and other judicial bodies; and its impact. With over 180 tables and figures, this new edition is intended to capture the full retrospective picture through the 2013-2014 term of the Roberts Court and the momentous decisions handed down within the last four years, including United States v. Windsor, National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, and Shelby County v. Holder.
Chapter 2: The Supreme Court’s Review Process, Caseload, and Cases
The material in this chapter provides basic information on the Court’s work. We begin with the review process and the Court’s rules governing the process’s operations and procedures. Those rules detailing the steps litigants must take to secure Court review of their cases and the criteria the Court uses in acting on their petitions appear in Table 2-1. Note especially the criteria in Rule 10 that the Court specifies for granting a writ of certiorari (the most common method whereby cases reach the Supreme Court). Although the list is vague, allowing the justices to use their discretion in granting or denying petitions, many of the reasons listed in the ...