The Proper Pronunciation of Certiorari: The Supreme Court's Surprising Six-Way Split

James J. Duane

Regent University - School of Law

May 18, 2014

17 GREEN BAG 2D (2014)

Every appellate litigator who appears before the Supreme Court of the United States must be prepared on a moment's notice to answer questions as to whether some matter is embraced within the questions as to which the Court granted "certiorari," and smart lawyers of course will take care to pronounce that word correctly. And conscientious law professors, who daily teach their students by example, naturally wish to make sure that they are doing the same. But just what is the right way to pronounce that word? Lawyers have disagreed about that question for a long time. In the hopes of getting the definitive answer and resolving this matter once and for all, the author listened to recordings of the justices at work to see how they pronounce this ancient writ -- and discovered that the current and most recent members of the Court are actually in a state of profound disagreement, and are in fact divided at least six different ways.

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Date posted: June 19, 2014  

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Duane, James J., The Proper Pronunciation of Certiorari: The Supreme Court's Surprising Six-Way Split (May 18, 2014). 17 GREEN BAG 2D (2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2456303 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2456303

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