Announcement of a ruling of a multimember court through separate opinions provided by each of its judges.
The practice of issuing seriatim opinions
Early in Supreme Court history, the justices debated whether the Court should issue seriatim opinions. English courts issued seriatim opinions, as did the courts in some of the states, such as Virginia, and Thomas Jefferson advocated the use of seriatim opinions. John Marshall,
The question of whether to issue seriatim opinions or opinions for the Court centers on whether the Court is perceived as an institution larger than the justices who are serving at the time or as merely the sum of the sitting justices.
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British Law Lords
Edwards v. Aguillard
Opinions, writing of