POSC 209 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Certiorari, Bench Memorandum, Amicus Curiae

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The appellate process: to correct mistakes in law, provide for uniformity in law. Policy is not a purpose of the appellate process. Appellate court levels: first level appellate court get all cases from appeal a. i. Md court of special appeals: second level appellate courts get all/nearly all through petition b. i. Do not have to accept petition cases b. iii. First level course of appeal: appellant"s lawyer will set forth appellant"s brief and multiple copies of transcript a. i. State mistake in law and provide legal support for it, usually other appeal"s court decision: appellee"s lawyer will set forth appellee"s brief b. i. Why there"s no mistake in law and provide legal support for it (law article legal journal, appeals court decision: appellant"s lawyer may submit a reply brief c. i. Can reply/counter appellee"s brief: amicus curiae brief (friend of the court) d. i. Government does not need amicus curiae brief d. i. 2. Interests groups ask court or party for which giving brief d. ii.

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