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SCOTUS by the numbers


1. Number of appeals submitted to the Supreme Court in a typical year 7,000-8,000
2. Number of petitions granted review with oral argument Approximately 80
3. Percentage of In Forma Pauperis (IFP) petitions granted (where the fees are waived because the petitioner is indigent)  



4. Percentage of paid petitions granted review 5.46%
5. Circuit court whose decisions were overturned most frequently on review during the 2014-2015 term  


6. Percentages of cases from the 9th circuit that were overturned  


7. Percentage of justices who were Catholic men on January 4, 2016, the day the appeal of Stormans v. Wiesman was filed  



8. Percentage of justices who are Catholic men today 50%
9. Percentage of justices who attended Harvard or Yale Law School  


10. Percentage of justices nominated by a Republican 50%
11. By a Bush 50%
12. Estimated cost of submitting a petition for a writ of certiorari (appeal to the Supreme Court) $100,000-$250,000
13. Estimated cost of pursuing a case when SCOTUS grants review1 $250,000 to millions
14. Number of cases decided 5 to 4 in 2014-2015 19
15. Percentage of those cases where Anthony Kennedy was the swing vote  


16. Number of amici curiae (friend of the court) briefs submitted to the Supreme Court in the matter of Stormans v. Wiesman, supporting the Storman petition for review  




17 Number of amici curaie that mistakenly assert Washington pharmacy regulations apply to pharmacists, rather than pharmacies  


18 Number of days from first picket at Ralph’s to the day Stormans filed an appeal to the Supreme Court  


19. Wordcount in Stormans’ petition for writ of certiorari 9022
20. Number of words the Supreme Court guidelines allow 9000

Sources:; Cockle Bur Blog;;;  National Public Radio, Marketplace, March 25, 2013; SCOTUSblog Stat Pack, June 30, 2015; Amici curiae posted on; National and State Pharmacists’ Associations

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