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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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Taking It to the Supreme Court

Before your case can go to the Supreme Court of the United States, it first has to go through all other possible appeals. If your case is a state case, it likely has to go to two appeals courts before it can go to the U.S. Supreme Court—the intermediate state court of appeals, and the highest state court of appeals, often called the state Supreme Court. From the state Supreme Court, you can try to bring your case to the U.S. Supreme Court. If your case is in the federal system, it will first go to the federal court of appeals for your district. After that, it can go to the Supreme Court of the United States.
This isn’t a quick process, nor is it cheap. You’ll have to pay fees for the appeal at every court of appeal ...

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