SCOTUS releases April argument calendar

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on March 15 released its April argument calendar for the 2021-2022 term, scheduling 10 cases for argument. In total, the court will hear 10 hours of arguments between April 18 and April 27. 

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April 18

  • United States v. Washington concerns state workers’ compensation laws and intergovernmental immunity.
  • Siegel v. Fitzgerald concerns the constitutionality of a law imposing different fees on Chapter 11 debtors based on the district in which the bankruptcy is filed.

April 19

  • George v. McDonough concerns whether veterans may challenge decisions from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs based on regulations that are found to be in violation of the plain text of governing statutes.
  • Kemp v. United States concerns the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure governing court procedure in civil cases and Supreme Court Rule 13.3.

April 20

  • Vega v. Tekoh concerns Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination, specifically related to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Miranda v. Arizona (1966).

April 25

  • Kennedy v. Bremerton School District concerns religious expression at a public school and the Constitution’s establishment clause.
  • Nance v. Ward concerns the procedure under federal law for a convicted inmate to challenge a state’s method of execution.

April 26

  • Biden v. Texas concerns whether federal immigration law requires the Biden administration to keep a program in place that returns certain noncitizens to Mexico during their immigration proceedings because the U.S. Department of Homeland Security lacks the capacity to detain all the inadmissible noncitizens it encounters. The case also concerns what procedures administrative agencies must follow under the Administrative Procedure Act to change federal policies.
  • Shoop v. Twyford concerns the authority of a federal district court to issue a transport order to the warden of a state-run prison for transportation of a state prisoner involved in a federal habeas corpus proceeding.

April 27

  • Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta concerns state authority in Indian country and the scope of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the case McGirt v. Oklahoma (2020).

To date, the court has agreed to hear 66 cases during its 2021-2022 term. Four cases were dismissed, and one case was removed from the argument calendar. Unless the court accepts additional cases for argument before its summer recess, the April sitting is the last scheduled sitting of the term.

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