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AP Gov

THE SUPREME COURT- Key Terms (9 of 88)

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The authority of a court to hear an appeal from a lower court. APPELATE JURISDICTION
An unwritten tradition whereby the Senate will not confirm nominations for lower court positions that are opposed by a senator of the president's own party from the state in which the nominee is to serve. SENATORIAL COURTESY
An order by the Supreme Court directing a lower court to send up the record in a given case for its review. WRIT OF CERTIORARI
The Supreme Court will hear a case if four justices agree to do so. THE RULE OF FOUR
This is responsible for handling all appeals on behalf of the United States govenrment to the Supereme Court SOLICITOR GENERAL
A friend of the court brief filed by an interest group or interested party to influence a Supreme Court decision. AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF
A latin phrase meaning "let the decision stand." The vast majority of Supreme Court decisions are based on precedents established in earlier cases. STARE DECISIS
Philosophy that the Supreme Court should use precedent and the Framers' original intent to decide cases. JUDICIAL RESTRAINT
Philosophy that the Supreme Court must correct injustices when other branches of government or the states refuse to do so. JUDICIAL ACTIVISM
Created by: devin12