Supreme Court Rules, Practices, and Traditions
Where do the justices decide whether to accept a case for review?
The justices decide which cases they will decide in their weekly meetings in conference. These meetings take place in the “Conference Room” in the Supreme Court building. Only the nine justices attend these conference meetings; law clerks and other personnel are not allowed to attend. If someone knocks on the door, the most junior justice must answer the door.
The chief justice normally begins the meetings by bringing up the cases on the “discuss list.” The chief justice then speaks about particular cases and whether he or she believes the case should be reviewed. The customary practice is that each of the justices speaks in order of seniority.