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Briefs: Glossary of legal terms from the SCOTUS Blog

Amicus curiae brief: "Friend of the court" brief; a brief filed by a person, group, or entity that is not a party to the case but nonetheless wishes to provide the court with its perspective on the issue before it.  The person or entity is called an "amicus"; the plural is "amici."

Merits brief: Once the Supreme Court has granted certiorari in a case, each party has the opportunity to file merits briefs. Unlike the certiorari-stage briefs, which tell the Court why it should or should not take the case, the merits briefs tell the Court why each party thinks he deserves to win.

Solicitor General: Sometimes called the "tenth justice," the Solicitor General is the lawyer for the U.S. government, and attorneys in that office are responsible for presenting cases on behalf of the United States in the Supreme Court.  Someone from the Solicitor General's office will also frequently argue on behalf of the United States when the government is not a party but has filed an amicus brief in the case.

See Glossary of Legal Terms, Scotusblog.

Documents from the Supreme Court of the U.S.

 

Documents from the Supreme Court of the United States from http://www.supremecourt.gov/docket/docket.aspx

LexisNexis search for Shelby County v Holder

LexisNexis search for U.S. Supreme Court briefs

Westlaw search for Shelby County v Holder

Westlaw search for Supreme Court briefs.

Opinions: Glossary of legal terms from the SCOTUS Blog

Opinion: When it decides a case, the Court generally issues an opinion, which is a substantive and often long piece of writing summarizing the facts and history of the case and addressing the legal issues raised in the case.

See Glossary of Legal Terms, Scotusblog.

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