Slip Opinion

  1. Slip opinion.  Notes that the opinion is a slip opinion, which is an official stage in the life of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion. When the Court announces a decision, it immediately releases a bench opinion. A few days later, the Court prints the slip opinion, which might include corrections not found in the bench opinion. This allows for wide dissemination and review of the opinion. Once enough opinions have been released to complete a volume, a few months have passed, and any necessary corrections have been made, the Court compiles the slip opinions into numbered printed paperback volumes of the U.S. Report. One year later, the paperback volumes are reprinted as hardcover bound volumes. Decisions contained in the bound U.S. Report are official legal precedent and cannot be changed.