What is the purpose of the dissenting opinion of the Supreme Court?

A dissenting opinion (or dissent) is an opinion in a legal case in certain legal systems written by one or more judges expressing disagreement with the majority opinion of the court which gives rise to its judgment. When not necessarily referring to a legal decision, this can also be referred to as a minority report.
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Why would a Supreme Court justice write a concurring opinion?

In law, a concurring opinion is in certain legal systems a written opinion by one or more judges of a court which agrees with the decision made by the majority of the court, but states different (or additional) reasons as the basis for his or her decision.
  • What is a minority opinion?

    A minority opinion is an opinion by one or more judges in a legal case who disagree with the decision reached by the majority. A minority opinion is also termed dissenting opinion or dissent. A dissenting opinion does not create binding precedent or become part of case law.
  • What is a dissenting opinion?

    A dissenting opinion (or dissent) is an opinion in a legal case in certain legal systems written by one or more judges expressing disagreement with the majority opinion of the court which gives rise to its judgment. When not necessarily referring to a legal decision, this can also be referred to as a minority report.
  • What does the Supreme Court consider when hearing a case on appeal?

    The Supreme Court decides to hear a case based on at least four of the nine Justices of the Supreme Court agreeing to grant the Petition for Certiorari. If four Justices agree to grant the petition, the Supreme Court will consider the case. A petition for Writ Certiorari is a request that the court hear your case.

Updated: 12th November 2019

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