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Supreme Court Rules, Practices, and Traditions

Processes

What determines if the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case?

The Supreme Court has discretionary jurisdiction, which means that in the vast majority of cases the Court has discretion whether or not it will hear a particular case. The Court only hears eighty out of eight thousand cases each term so the chances for review in any particular case are extremely small.

However, the Court has provided “consideration” for cases that it might take in Rule 10 of its Supreme Court Rules.



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