- 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 (such as a federal circuit court or state appeals court) to overturn the ruling of a lower court. Then if the parties are still not happy with the outcome, they can appeal to higher courts – and 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.