How does a case end up in front of the Supreme Court?

Article III of the U.S. Constitution created the Supreme Court and authorized congress to create a system of lower courts. This is the foundation for our federal court structure as we know it today. It includes 94 District Courts, which compromise 13 Circuit Court’s of Appeals, which the U.S. Supreme Court is the court of last resort for.

But you may be asking yourself, how does a case end up before the Supreme Court?

Well, the justices on the Supreme Court get to choose what cases they hear. It requires four of the Nine justices to agree to grant a Writ of Certiorari, which means the court will hear your case and make a ruling. A case can end up before the justices to vote on through Original jurisdiction, on appeal from a state supreme court, or by going through the federal court system described above through the appeals process.

Supreme court (2)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s