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Mandatory Supreme Court Jurisdiction Eliminated

June 27, 1988

In 1988, Congress eliminated the last vestiges of the Supreme Court’s mandatory jurisdiction, giving the Court complete control over its docket for the first time. Review of cases based on a state statute held invalid by a U.S. court of appeals were converted from appeal to writ of certiorari, as were cases from the state courts regarding a state statute upheld or a federal statute or treaty invalidated.

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The Jurisdiction of the Federal Courts