Cases in the courts of appeals may be reviewed by the Supreme Court by the following methods:
28 U.S.C. § 1254
HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES Based on title 28, U.S.C., 1940 ed., §§346 and 347 (Mar. 3, 1911, ch. 231, §§239, 240, 36 Stat. 1157; Feb. 13, 1925, ch. 229, §1, 43 Stat. 938; Jan. 31, 1928, ch. 14, §1, 45 Stat. 54; June 7, 1934, ch. 426, 48 Stat. 926). Section consolidates sections 346 and 347 of title 28, U.S.C., 1940 ed. Words "or in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia" and "or of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia" in sections 346 and 347 of title 28, U.S.C., 1940 ed., were omitted. (See sectionof this title.) The prefatory words of this section preceding paragraph (1) were substituted for subsection (c) of said section 347.The revised section omits the words of section 347 of title 28, U.S.C., 1940 ed., "and with like effect as if the case had been brought there with unrestricted appeal", and the words of section 346 of such title "in the same manner as if it had been brought there by appeal". The effect of subsections (1) and (3) of the revised section is to preserve existing law and retain the power of unrestricted review of cases certified or brought up on certiorari. Only in subsection (2) is review restricted. Changes were made in phraseology and arrangement.
AMENDMENTS1988- Pub. L. 100-352, §2(b), struck out "appeal;" after "certiorari;" in section catchline. Pars. (2), (3). Pub. L. 100-352, §2(a), redesignated par. (3) as (2) and struck out former par. (2) which read as follows: "By appeal by a party relying on a State statute held by a court of appeals to be invalid as repugnant to the Constitution, treaties or laws of the United States, but such appeal shall preclude review by writ of certiorari at the instance of such appellant, and the review on appeal shall be restricted to the Federal questions presented;".
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1988 AMENDMENT Pub. L. 100-352, §7, June 27, 1988, 102 Stat. 664, provided that: "The amendments made by this Act [amending sections, , , , , and of this title, section of Title 7, Agriculture, section of Title 22, Foreign Relations and Intercourse, section of Title 25, Indians, section of Title 33, Navigation and Navigable Waters, section of Title 43, Public Lands, sections , , and of Title 45, Railroads, and section of Title 52, Voting and Elections, and repealing sections and of this title] shall take effect ninety days after the date of the enactment of this Act [June 27, 1988], except that such amendments shall not apply to cases pending in the Supreme Court on the effective date of such amendments or affect the right to review or the manner of reviewing the judgment or decree of a court which was entered before such effective date."