The Court System

The Supreme Court Term

How often does the Supreme Court hear cases?

The U.S. Supreme Court hears only a tiny fraction of cases that are appealed to it. More than 8,000 cases are appealed to the Court every year and the Court only hears about 70 to 75 cases per year. The current Court—led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.—has heard fewer cases than at any time since the early 1950s.


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