Inside the Supreme Court

Petition to Decision

Papers of Supreme Court Justices on Civil Rights Cases

David Achtenberg

Professor & Law Foundation Scholar

UMKC School of Law

Kansas City, MO 64110-2499


Case Selection
What’s New
Finding Your Way Around
Coming Attractions
What You Will Find


Behind the Scenes at the Supreme Court

          Welcome to the Petition to Decision website, a comprehensive digital archive of all the available papers of the Supreme Court Justices dealing with selected civil rights cases. 
        Petition to Decision
is intended to be useful to anyone interested in the internal workings of the United States Supreme Court.
  It traces the behind-the-scenes progress of cases in the Court’s chambers—from the filing of the petition until the day the decision is handed down—and provides a unique opportunity to see how the justices actually decide cases and write their opinions. 
        Although Petition to Decision focuses on cases dealing with civil rights litigation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, it will also provide important insights to anyone studying or teaching about the Supreme Court.

Case Selection Page
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Whats New
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Finding Your Way Around
Click here for a guide to navigating this website and finding your way around case files.
Coming Attractions
Click here to see what new case files and features will be added in the future. 
What You Will Find
Click her for a description of the type of documents with links to examples.