History and Cases Shaping a Nation

Welcome to the CQ Press Supreme Court Collection, a destination for authoritative information and data on cases, justices, and the history and power of the U.S. Supreme Court. Researchers will find the data and tools to answer questions about justices and their opinions and behavior.

The latest Supreme Court news and analysis from legal affairs expert Kenneth Jost.

Case Selection Is Often Shrouded in Secrecy – January 14, 2019

The Supreme Court conducts its case selection process mostly in the dark. Court watchers and the general public are left only to guess at the justices' reasons for picking around 70 cases to hear each year out of the 6,000 or more that they are asked to review. In this Court Report, Court expert Kenneth Jost explores a few cases considered by the Court but ultimately not undertaken.