- from The Supreme Court
Sometimes you’ll hear someone say, “We’re going to take this all the way to the Supreme Court!”
That usually means that person thinks a decision made by a lower court is unfair and unjust. A petitioner can ask a court that hears appeals to overturn the ruling of a lower court. (Federal circuit courts or state appeals courts hear appeals.) Then, if the parties are still not happy with the outcome, they can appeal to higher courts. Ultimately to the Supreme Court. But – and this is a big BUT – less than one out of every ten cases appealed to the Supreme Court actually gets heard.