The Case Distribution Schedule identifies the dates on which petitions for writs of certiorari, along with corresponding briefs in opposition and reply briefs, will be distributed to the Justices. It also identifies the dates on which those petitions are scheduled to be considered by the Justices at Conference, although this schedule is subject to change.
"Paid" lists include cases in which the petitioner pays the filing fee under Rule 38(a); those cases have a docket number from 1 to 4999 following the prefix for the Term (e.g., No. 01-325). “Ifp” lists include cases in which the petitioner has submitted the petition along with a motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis under Rule 39; those cases have a docket number above 5000 following the prefix for the Term (e.g., No. 01-5474).
The timing for placing petitions on a Conference list and distributing them to the Justices is governed by Rule 15.5. It provides as follows:
The Clerk will distribute the petition to the Court for its consideration upon receiving an express waiver of the right to file a brief in opposition, or, if no waiver or brief in opposition is filed, upon the expiration of the time allowed for filing. If a brief in opposition is timely filed, the Clerk will distribute the petition, brief in opposition, and any reply brief to the Court for its consideration no less than 14 days after the brief in opposition is filed, unless the petitioner expressly waives the 14-day waiting period.
Questions about the application of this rule in particular cases may be directed to the Clerk’s Office.
In most cases, the disposition of a petition discussed at a particular Conference will be announced in an order list that is issued at 9:30 am on the Monday after that Conference.
Case Distribution Schedule -- October Term 2015 (PDF)
Case Distribution Schedule -- October Term 2016 (PDF)