Appellate Jurisdiction of United States Supreme Court

The appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court over decisions of the lower federal courts is subject to the exceptions and regulations made by Congress.

28 USCS § 1254 provides that cases in the court of appeals may be reviewed by the Supreme Court by the following methods:

(1) By writ of certiorari granted upon the petition of any party to any civil or criminal case, before or after rendition of judgment or decree;

(2) By certification at any time by a court of appeals of any question of law in any civil or criminal case as to which instructions are desired, and upon such certification the Supreme Court may give binding instructions or require the entire record to be sent up for decision of the entire matter in controversy.


Inside Appellate Jurisdiction of United States Supreme Court