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Approximately 1.2%

In 2010, there were 55,992 appeals filed with the US Court of Appeals Circuit Courts, and 8,159 cases petitioned to the US Supreme Court. Approximately 16% of the cases appealed to the US Supreme Court originate in the state court systems, and the other 84% (6,854) come from federal appellate courts (mostly the Circuit Courts).

Approximately 12% of the cases heard the US Court of Appeals Circuit Courts petition the US Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari; the court grants cert to approximately 1% of the petitions it receives, reducing the pool of federal cases to about 69 (based on 2010 estimates). Sixty-nine is roughly 1.2% of the cases appealed through the federal courts in 2010.

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According to the Chief Justice's year-end report for 2010, the US Supreme Court received 8,159 petitions for writ of certiorari (formal request for review) for the 2009-2010 Term (the most recent year for which statistics are available). Of these, only 87, or 1.005%, were accepted on appeal. This percentage fluctuates slightly from year to year.

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According to the Chief Justice's year-end report for 2010, the US Supreme Court received 8,159 petitions for writ of certiorari (formal request for review) for the 2009-2010 Term (the most recent year for which statistics are available). Of these, only 87, or 1.005%, were accepted on appeal.

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According to Law.com, approximately 16% of the US Supreme Court's docket are cases on appeal from state courts; this represents approximately .8% of the cases petitioned to the Court.

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According to Law.com, approximately 16% of the US Supreme Court's docket are cases on appeal from state courts.

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What cases are heard in the supreme court?

The Supreme Court decides cases that are appealed by a lower court; a lower court has made a decision and one of the parties feels strongly enough that the decision was wrong that they make an appeal to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court reviews the cases and determines which ones they will hear, they have the ability to decline to review a case. The Supreme Court doesn't hear only appeals, there are situations where it is the court of original jurisdiction. In situations where there is a disagreement between states, the Supreme Court has the authority to decide.


What types of court cases does the Supreme Court hear?

The Supreme Court hears any cases that involve the interpretation of the Constitution.


What is the highest court in the U S?

The US Supreme Court serves as the highest appellate court for cases appealed under its federal question jurisdiction.


Explain how a criminal case can go from district court to an appeals court and then the supreme court?

Criminal cases heard at the Federal District Court level may be "appealed" to one of the Federal Appellate Courts based on an error that the District Court made. The Federal Appellate courts must hear cases appealed from the District Courts (in other words, you are guaranteed at least one appeal), however the Supreme Court is not required to hear cases appealed from the Appellate Court. After an unfavorable ruling at the Appellate Court level, the criminal defendant (or the United States/Prosecution) may seek a writ of certiori in order to appeal to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court will grant or deny the writ of certiori depending on several factors in the case (how notable is this case, is it a good "vehicle," is this an important issue, is it very contentious, is there a circuit split, is the decision patently wrong?). If the Court grants certiori, that means that they will hear it. If it denies the writ, the Appellate Court's judgment is final. Keep in mind that only a very small potion of cases make it to the Supreme Court level (less than one percent), so the cases that the Court decides to hear are always notable.


Does the supreme court spend the vast majority of its time as a trial court or an apellate court?

The Supreme Court is the highest court in the United States. As such, the Supreme Court is primarily an appellate court, hearing cases appealed from the Federal "Circuit Courts" on a discretionary basis. According to the Constitution, the Supreme Court may exercise original jurisdiction (similar to a trial-level court) over a very small range of cases: cases affecting ambassadors or diplomats, and cases in which a state is a party (this was part of the battle in Marbury v. Madison). However, this too is discretionary, which makes the Supreme Court in all cases unlike a trial level court (which has mandatory jurisdiction).

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What cases does the Supreme Court go over?

Cases that appealed from the court of appeal.


Why can court decisions be appealed?

In brief, yes a court decision can be appealed. In some cases appeals have reached the Supreme Court level.


What kind of cases does Supreme Court Hears?

The Supreme Court hears three kinds of cases. Cases appealed from lower federal courts account for two-thirds of the cases they hear. They also hear cases appealed from state's supreme courts, and sometimes hear cases that have not been previously heard by a lower court, such as between one state's government and another.


What does Supreme Court judges do?

A Supreme Court judge hears cases that have been appealed. As the highest court in the nation, the goal is to uphold the Constitution.


Can there be an appeal from a federal court?

The highest court is the Supreme Court, but not all cases can be appealed to the Supreme Court; it depends what kind of legal issues are involved. Otherwise, the case can be appealed to a Federal Appeal Court. If you can afford the legal fees, of course.


Which court is known as the GI Supreme Court?

The US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Since cases can be appealed to the US Supreme Court from the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, it is really not the equivalent of a supreme court.


Who goes to the Supreme Court in New Zealand?

All cases that are appealed from the Court of Appeal go to the Supreme Court. First you must seek leave (permission) of the court to make your appeal, however.


Where does a case go after the state Court of Appeals?

The trial phase ends at the US District Court level (or equivalent state trial court). Appeals to the federal US Court of Appeals Circuit Courts (or intermediate state appellate courts) are based on questions of process, law or constitutionality. The case is not retried; appellate courts do not render decisions about the defendants' guilt or innocence.After the intermediate appellate courts, federal cases may be petitioned to the US Supreme Court; state cases may be appealed to the state supreme court (or equivalent). If a state case involves a preserved federal question (matter or federal or constitutional law) it may be appealed to the US Supreme Court after the state supreme court hears or denies hearing on the case.Both the US Supreme Court and state supreme courts (or equivalent) have discretion over which cases they hear (although state supreme courts may have mandatory jurisdiction over certain cases, such as death penalty cases).


What cases are heard in the supreme court?

The Supreme Court decides cases that are appealed by a lower court; a lower court has made a decision and one of the parties feels strongly enough that the decision was wrong that they make an appeal to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court reviews the cases and determines which ones they will hear, they have the ability to decline to review a case. The Supreme Court doesn't hear only appeals, there are situations where it is the court of original jurisdiction. In situations where there is a disagreement between states, the Supreme Court has the authority to decide.


What types of court cases does the Supreme Court hear?

The Supreme Court hears any cases that involve the interpretation of the Constitution.


Can decisions reached on a question of law by a state supreme court may be appealed to the US Supreme Court?

Yes, sometimes. Certain US District Court decisions can be appealed to the US Supreme Court on direct or expedited appeal, if the case involves a statute in which Congress specified initial appeals go directly to the Supreme Court, or if the nature of the case is such that it is important and will undoubtedly be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, anyway.The normal route for US District Court cases is an appeal to the US Court of Appeals Circuit Court over the District Court's Circuit, then petitioned to the US Supreme Court if a party is dissatisfied with the Circuit Court's decision.


Does supreme court handle dead locked trials or cases that are long unsolved?

no, the primary role of the supreme court is to judge those cases that will have a large impact on the country and can then be used as a precedent for other cases, or have been appealed up through the court system up to that level. Long unsolved cases don't automatically go to the supreme court, there would have to be some reason for it to go there.