The Case Distribution Schedule reflects when petition-stage cases are expected to be considered by the Court in Conference. The "Distribution Date" is the date the petition for certiorari, brief in opposition (if any), and reply brief (if any) are distributed to the Court. The "List" identifies the Conference List on which the case appears. "Paid" cases are those numbered 1 through 4999, following the prefix for the Term. "IFP" (In Forma Pauperis) Cases are those numbered 5001 and above, following the prefix for the Term. The date shown under "Conference" is the date the Clerk anticipates that the Court will consider the case. This date is subject to change without notice.
Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 15.5, cases are not placed on a Conference List sooner than 10 days after a brief in opposition is filed, unless the petitioner expressly waives the 10-day waiting period.
Generally, if a case is considered at a Conference, viewers can expect that the disposition of a case will be announced on an Orders List that will be released at 9:30 a.m. the following Monday.
Case Distribution Schedule -- October Term 2012 (PDF)