U.S. Supreme Court Petition for Writ of Certiorari

The Supreme Court of the United States is the nation's highest appellate court. It is the court of last resort for litigation that begins in the Massachusetts trial court and is decided by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. The Supreme Judicial Court decision can be on the merits or after the denial of an application for further appellate review.


There is no right to be heard in the Supreme Court of the United States, one must seek permission. Permission is sought through a well researched and well written petition is for certiorari providing legal rational why the case is "Cert Worthy." Appellate Attorney William Driscoll represents clients seeking a petition for certiorari on a Massachusetts appellate decision.



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A petition for a writ of certiorari must be filed in the Clerk's Office of the Supreme Court of the United States within ninety days after entry of judgment or order of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court which is to be reviewed. That is not much time. Call Attorney William Driscoll 978-846-5184 to get started now.


Four Supreme Court Justices must vote to grant a writ of certiorari. But relief may also be obtained if five Supreme Court Justices vote for summary disposition, either on the merits or not. Summary disposition on the merits affirms, reverses, or dismisses the lower court's judgment. Another form of summary disposition is called "GVR" (Grant, Vacate, Reconsider), which remands the case to the State court for reconsideration in light of an intervening ruling.


There is no substitute for a fully researched and well-written petition for certiorari. Drafting a petition for certiorari requires significant time, expertise, and attention to detailed Supreme Court rules. Do you have a case that is "cert worthy"? Call Attorney William Driscoll 978-846-5184 to find out, before it is too late.