what's up in the united states supreme court?

This article is now current through October 19, 2020.
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
Updated: 3/9/2020 Whether Eighth Amendment Requires Finding that a Juvenile is Permanently Incorrigible Before Imposing an LWOP Sentence

Whether the Eighth Amendment requires the sentencing authority to make a finding that a juvenile is permanently incorrigible before imposing a sentence of life without parole. (Jones v. State (Miss. 2018) 250 So.3d 1269, cert. granted 3/9/2020 (18-1259).)

Habeas Corpus (Federal)
Updated: 5/4/2020 Retroactivity of Ramos v. Louisiana

Whether the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Ramos v. Louisiana (2020) 590 U. S. ___ [140 S.Ct. 1390], applies retroactively to cases on federal collateral review. (Edwards v. Vannoy (5th Cir. May 20, 2019, No. 18-31095) [nonpub. ord.], cert. granted 5/4/2020 (19-5807).)

Search & Seizure
Updated: 10/19/2020 Does Pursuing a Person Suspected of Committing a Misdemeanor Categorically Qualify as an Exigent Circumstance Sufficient for a Warrantless Home Search

Whether the pursuit of a person whom a police officer has probable cause to believe has committed a misdemeanor categorically qualifies as an exigent circumstance sufficient to allow the officer to enter a home without a warrant. (People v. Lange (Oct. 30, 2019, A157169) [nonpub. opn.], cert. granted 10/19/2020 (20-18).) The Court of Appeal opinion is available here: