SCOTUS accepts 43 cases this term; 20 scheduled for argument so far

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) accepted 43 cases for the 2023 term as of November 7, 2023. Of those cases, 20 have been scheduled for argument, and one case was dismissed. 

The Court has seven cases scheduled for its December sitting. Among these is McElrath v. Georgia, which concerns the double jeopardy clause of the Fifth Amendment. The Court will determine if the clause bars a second prosecution for a crime that a defendant was acquitted of.

The Court will also hear Muldrow v. City of St. Louis, Missouri in December 2023, which concerns Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Jatonya Muldrow, a sergeant with the St. Louis Police Department, filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against the department after she was involuntarily transferred from her Intelligence Division position to the position in the Fifth District. The Court will determine if Title VII prevents discrimination in transfers if a court has not decided that the transfer decision caused a significant disadvantage for the employee.

Brown v. United States (Consolidated w/ Jackson v. United States) is also on the argument calendar and concerns the Armed Career Criminal Act and its definition of a serious drug offense. 

SCOTUS will issue new order lists on November 13 and November 20, 2023, and will conference on November 17, 2023. Order lists are documents that the Court releases to the public with information on their decisions regarding cases, including whether or not they accept to hear a case. A conference is a private meeting of the justices. In its 2022 term, SCOTUS heard arguments in 60 cases. One case was dismissed.