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The US Supreme Court releases opinions on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, and on the third Monday of each sitting. The public is usually alerted a few days prior to an opinion being released, but the specific case name and docket number are kept secret until the formal announcement. This practice may begin as early as October of the new Term and typically ends in late June or early July of the following year.

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The US Supreme Court typically hears cases on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, beginning on the first Monday in October and ending (usually) in the last week of April.

When operating under their standard schedule, they hear two sets of oral arguments per day, beginning at 10:00 and ending at noon. Each set of arguments receives one hour of the justices' attention, unless they have granted leave for time extensions, or to hear arguments from the United States (if not already a party to the case) or other amici ("friends" who are not party to the case but have a significant interest in its outcome.

On occasion, the justices will hear cases pre-term, in September, or on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday afternoons, depending on how full their docket is and the schedules of those who must be present.

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The US Supreme Court releases opinions on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, and on the third Monday of each sitting. The public is usually alerted a few days prior to an opinion being released, but the specific case name and docket number are kept secret until the formal announcement. This practice may begin as early as October of the new Term and typically ends in late June or early July of the following year.

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The US Supreme Court releases opinions on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, and on the third Monday of each sitting. The public is usually alerted a few days prior to an opinion being released, but the specific case name and docket number are kept secret until the formal announcement.

The justices always convening morning sessions at 10:00 am. First, the Marshall of the Court announces their entrance, then they are seated in order of seniority.

When an opinion released, the Chief Justice announces the docket number, title, and name of the justice presenting the outcome (if it's someone other than him). The primary author of the opinion may then recite the written opinion verbatim, read a specially prepared summary, or talk about the case extemporaneously.

If no arguments are being heard that day, the Court recesses after the opinion is rendered.

The Court publishes a preliminary copy of the written opinion, called a "bench opinion," which is distributed free of charge in the Supreme Court building. Bench opinions are also distributed to a few select digital outlets, such as law schools. A few days later, the Court publishes the "slip opinion," a proofread and corrected update to the bench opinion which supersedes the bench opinion in authority. The slip opinion is also published on the Supreme Court website (see Related Links).

(Slip opinions are later superseded by "preliminary prints," then by the bound version. In case of discrepancies, the most recently released version is considered authoritative. If discrepancies occur between the printed and electronic versions, the print version is authoritative.)

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When the justices are sitting, opinions are usually released on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, and on the third Monday of each session (no arguments are heard that day). In May and June, when the Court has finished hearing oral arguments for the Term, opinions are often released only once a week, usually on Monday, unless Monday is a holiday.

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Does the Arizona Court of Appeals must hear all death penalty cases?

Yes, the state supreme courts are compelled to hear all death row appeals; but No, the US Supreme Court is not required to hear capital appeals.Death row appeals are part of the mandatory jurisdiction of State supreme courts, but the US Supreme Court is no longer required to review capital punishment cases. The Judiciary Act of 1925 allowed the US Supreme Court discretion to determine what cases to hear, with a few exceptions. Congress eliminated mandatory jurisdiction over death penalty cases in 1988.


Who decides which cases the Supreme Court will consider?

The Supreme Court receives about 10,000 petitions per year but only hears about 80. Some factors that the Supreme Court considers when deciding which cases to hear are; conflict of law, highly unusual cases, and the disregard of the lower court.


Does the US Supreme Court answer to the International Court?

No. The US Supreme Court and International Court are unrelated and have jurisdiction over different types of cases.


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What statement best defines the original jurisdiction of the US Supreme Court?

Article III of the Constitution describes the class of cases the Supreme Court may hear under original jurisdiction, but Congress determined whether the Supreme Court's original jurisdiction was shared or exclusive. Currently, the Supreme Court only exercises exclusive, original jurisdiction over disputes between the states. Cases involving ambassadors and other other foreign dignitaries are first heard in US District Court.

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The Supreme Court justices hear cases in the courtroom of the Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC.


Who decides which appellate cases the US Supreme Court will hear?

Congress has authority to set or change the US Supreme Court's appellate jurisdiction. The Supreme Court itself has full discretion over which cases it chooses to hear under its appellate jurisdiction.


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Yes, the US Supreme Court has the authority to hear cases that bypass the lower courts under certain circumstances, such as cases involving disputes between states. Additionally, the Court may exercise its original jurisdiction to hear cases directly without them going through the lower courts first.


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How cases end up on the docket of the US supreme court?

The Supreme Court takes substantially all of its cases on appeal. Parties displeased with the ruling in their cases may request a writ of certiorari praying that the Supreme Court hear their case. The Supreme Court reviews the requests and chooses which cases to hear. Typically, the only cases granted certiorari are those that implicate important and contested questions of Constitutional significance or public policy.


What kinds of appeals must the US Supreme Court hear?

The US Supreme Court does not have mandatory appellate jurisdiction any more. State supreme courts are still required to review death penalty cases.


Does the Arizona Court of Appeals must hear all death penalty cases?

Yes, the state supreme courts are compelled to hear all death row appeals; but No, the US Supreme Court is not required to hear capital appeals.Death row appeals are part of the mandatory jurisdiction of State supreme courts, but the US Supreme Court is no longer required to review capital punishment cases. The Judiciary Act of 1925 allowed the US Supreme Court discretion to determine what cases to hear, with a few exceptions. Congress eliminated mandatory jurisdiction over death penalty cases in 1988.


What cases did the US Supreme Court hear in the 2008 Term?

You can read all opinions from the 2008 Term on the Supreme Court website, via the Related Link, below.


Can the President influence the types of cases heard by the US Supreme Court?

No. Congress and Article III of the Constitution determine what types of cases the US Supreme Court may hear. The Supreme Court has complete discretion over the specific cases they review under both original and appellate jurisdiction. The President has no role in the process.


Does any supreme court have to hear a case?

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