what's up in the united states supreme court?

This article is now current through October 2021.
We will be updating it soon – usually every 1-2 weeks.


Why use our issues list instead of the Court's?

Unlike the U.S. granted/noted listings, the issues below are sorted by topic, include all pending cases, and include only those cases of interest to appellate counsel in the areas of criminal, juvenile, & dependency law. (Please note, we do not include death penalty cases that target death penalty-related issues only, such as penalty phase questions.)


Cases/Issues Currently Pending:

The cases pending are grouped by topic category and subcategory, using the same topics utilized in The Search page. Their use here extends the single platform approach in that it allows the user to cross-reference briefs, recently decided cases included in the case summaries, victories, and cases currently on review in the United States Supreme Court.

HOW TO SEARCH FOR CASES BY NAME: Use the Show All button below, then use your browser's "Find" feature. For example, for Firefox® and Internet Explorer®, you can use "Control-F" to pop up the "Find" box.


Areas of Constitutional Law
Admission of Evidence and the Confrontation Clause Updated: 4/19/2021
Dependency - ICWA
Multiple Constitutional Challenges to ICWA Updated: 2/28/2022
Habeas Corpus (Federal)
Procedural Default and Martinez v. Ryan (2012) 566 U.S. 1 Updated: 5/7/2021
Habeas Corpus (Federal)
Significance of Harmless Error Determination Updated: 4/5/2021
Habeas Corpus (Federal)
Retroactivity of Ramos v. Louisiana Updated: 5/4/2020
Search & Seizure
Community Caretaking Exception to the Warrant Requirement and the Home Updated: 11/20/2020
Search & Seizure
Does Pursuing a Person Suspected of Committing a Misdemeanor Categorically Qualify as an Exigent Circumstance Sufficient for a Warrantless Home Search Updated: 10/19/2020