Section 1: The Supreme Court at Work Section 2: Shaping Public Policy Section 3: Influencing Court Decisions How does the Supreme Court determine which cases it
will hear and the outcome of the each case? 1. 2. Explain how certain cases reach the courts Evaluate the steps the Court takes in determining the outcome of a case
The Supreme Court at Work http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=pyqEAPYnhjk http://www.pbs.org/wnet/ supremecourt/ Watch three videos on this site: 1. Creation of the Courts
2. Showdown 3. You have the right to remain silent 1) Writ of Certiorai An order from the Court to a lower court to send up
the records Lower court has either made an error or a constitutional issue is raised 2) Appeal Decision of lower federal or state
court has been requested to be reviewed http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=w3unc4-EuLg Please watch this video.
Appointed by the President and represents the federal government before the Supreme Court
Determines whether the Federal government should appeal lower courts decisions to Supreme Court Who is the solicitor general of the United States?
Rule of Four- only four of nine justices need to agree to hear a case Per Curian Opinionbrief, unsigned statement of the Cour
ts decision Occurs when court rules without consulting new information http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Udue9DlK3hg
Brief- written statement setting forth the legal arguments, relevant facts, and precedents supporting one side of a case
Amicus Curiae- briefs written by individuals, interest groups, or government that have useful information for the court to consider After briefs lawyers from each side present oral
arguments before the court MondayWednesday They usually last 30 minutes
http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=UJQ7Ds4nAmA&feature=relmfu Chief Justice John Roberts on Oral Arguments Justices meet Wednesday and Fridays
A tradition is they shake hands The conference meetings are secret A majority must be in
agreement to decide a case, and at least 6 must be present. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=SrrNQgbfIww Justice Kennedy on Court Conferences
Opinion- written statements on cases they have already decided States the facts of the case, announces
the Courts ruling, and explains its reasoning in reacing the decision 1. Unanimous- all justices vote the same way. 2.
Majority- expresses the views of the majority of the justices on a case 3. Concurring- Agree with majoritys decision but have a different reason why 4. Dissenting- opinion of justices on the losing side in a case
http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=u9_wAVxKO1o Opinions and the Obama Healthcare Law
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