Supreme Court Opinion Readability 2015

How easy are Supreme Court opinions to read? There is quite a bit of variation in the Court’s writings based on the case facts, Justice, clerks, majority coalition, and prior case law involved. Complicating this question further is the difficulty in measuring reading ease. As with measuring writing quality, there are subjective elements that even…

SCOTUS Briefs: Opinions’ Basic Building Blocks

A Supreme Court opinion is a mixture of law, fact, and interpretation.  By the time cases reach the Supreme Court, they amass a detailed record from the lower court(s) (except for the very few instances of original actions) and a large number of appellate filings.  The case with the most amicus briefs on the merits…