The Dynamics of Standing: How Congress and the Supreme Court Determine Access to the Federal Courts

35 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2011 Last revised: 16 Aug 2011

Seth W. Greenfest

College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John's University (SJU)

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Rules of access, including whether litigants will have standing to sue, are determined by judges during the legal process and by legislators during the legislative process. Open access encourages litigation while closed access discourages litigation. Standing has changed over time in response to decisions made by lawmakers and judges. Conceptions of judicial power should account for legislatively-created opportunities for courts to participate in the policy-making process. To demonstrate the Dynamics of Standing, this paper traces the development of standing between 1921 and 2006 and examines decisions made by the Supreme Court and Congress regarding access to the courts.

Keywords: Supreme Court, Congress, standing, judicial power

Suggested Citation

Greenfest, Seth W., The Dynamics of Standing: How Congress and the Supreme Court Determine Access to the Federal Courts (2011). APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1902272

Seth W. Greenfest (Contact Author)

College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John's University (SJU) ( email )

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