High Court aficionados aside, lawyers and the public can be guilty of giving scant attention to the Supreme Court’s summary decisions, which are issued without full briefing or oral argument. These summary decisions should not, however, escape notice. An examination of the summary docket from the Court’s five most recent terms brings into focus the particularly prominent role that summary reversals had in the just-concluded 2015 Term. Moreover, delving into the substance of this term’s summary decisions reveals an array of hot-button issues that prompted vociferous dissents.
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