The supreme court of the united states hears about 100 to 150 appeals of the more than 7000 cases it is asked to review every year that means the decisions made by the 12 circuit courts of appeals across the country and the federal circuit court are the last word in thousands of cases. 1 law making in a hierarchical judicial system 1 on june 10 1996 the us supreme court handed down its decision in the case of whren vunited states1whren and a co defendant accused of federal drug law violations had been convicted in district court. The court of appeals decision usually will be the final word in the case unless it sends the case back to the trial court for additional proceedings or the parties ask the us supreme court to review the case. University of south carolina scholar commons faculty publications political science department of 8 1 2003 making law in the united states courts of appeals. The united states courts of appeals are considered among the most powerful and influential courts in the united states because of their ability to set legal precedent in regions that cover millions of americans the united states courts of appeals have strong policy influence on us law
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