Opinions of the Court, Opinions Related to Orders, and Orders of the Court
The Supreme Court publishes its opinions and orders in three primary locations.
First, the “Opinions of the Court” section lists all of the new “slip” opinions. (Do not confuse “slip” opinions with “bench” opinions). Generally, the Opinions of the Court included cases for which certiorari was granted, and were scheduled for oral argument. Even if a case is dismissed as improvidently granted, it will appear on the “Opinions of the Court” page. (For example, see Emulex Corp v. Varjabedian). The “Opinions of the Court” page also includes per curiam opinions from cases that were not argued. (For example, a summary reversal, or a reasoned opinion that denies a stay).
Second, the “Opinions Relating to Orders” section lists opinions for “summary dispositions.” These cases often arise from an application for emergency injunctive relief. Usually, the document begins with an order. For example, “The motion to lift stay is denied.” That order is followed by an opinion, perhaps an opinion respecting, or dissenting from, the order.
The Court offer this explanation:
Opinions may be written by Justices to comment on the summary disposition of cases by orders, e.g., if a Justice wants to dissent from the denia
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