Thursday, January 1, 2015

Supreme Court End of the Year Report & My Assignment

Every December 31st the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court issues his annual report.  Each one is strikingly similar to previous one except that this year Roberts mentioned that as early as 2016 all the briefs will be immediately available electronically (even that is absurdly slow for the real world, but a real breakthrough for a court that still prizes paper).  The key for me in the report (p. 13) is the number of petitions and the number of cases that are granted certiorari.  I always have this as a question on my Supreme Court web quest which this year is part of my courts/civil liberties/rights unit that I am trying without the textbook.  More on that later.