TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Feb 16, 2016

How do you break a Supreme Court tie? The Court’s 4-4 rulings will be knocked back down to the lower circuit courts that had previously ruled on the cases, and those prior rulings will stand. But Media General points out that accepted cases often follow opposing rulings from several circuit courts, so a 4-4 scenario could institute conflicting precedents in different regions. Justices may also postpone hearings until the court is back at full capacity.