Process wherein law clerks from different chambers collaborate in the screening of petitions for certiorari for inclusion on the plenary docket.
Because thousands of certiorari
In 1970 E. Robert Seaver, clerk of the Supreme Court, examines the docketed cases for the week. The growing caseload led to the creation of the cert pool in 1972.
Critics claim that the cert pool reduces the number of people who screen each case and that screening done by mere clerks increases the risk that important case issues will be overlooked or mischaracterized. Supporters claim that clerks writing pool memos are better able to take a close look at each assigned case, unlike the cursory reviews conducted under the old system.
Certiorari, writ of
Clerks of the justices