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Case Orders - Supreme Court

The final orders below were issued in cases decided by the Supreme Court. They have been made available on a regular basis on the Supreme Court website beginning October 1, 2014. Only final orders deciding the merits of a case will be published; orders that are not final orders, such as orders remanding for clarification or orders declining or dismissing cases, will not be published. Final merits orders in confidential cases are not published here; nor are final merits orders that might disclose confidential or protected information, such as the identity or whereabouts of a party who sought a domestic-violence or civil-stalking protective order.

The court has authorized the publication of these orders for informational purposes only. Readers should be aware that Supreme Court Rule 20(2) states that an order disposing of any case that has been briefed but in which no opinion is issued, shall have no precedential value.  It provides:

An order disposing of any case that has been briefed but in which no opinion is issued, whether or not oral argument has been held, shall have no precedential value, but it may, nevertheless, be cited or referenced in pleadings or rulings in any court in this state, so long as it is identified as a non-precedential order and so long as it was issued in a non-confidential case; provided however, that an order may be cited and shall be controlling with respect to issues of claim preclusion, law of the case and similar issues involving the parties or facts of the case in which the order was issued.  See also Rule 12-D(3). All citations to non-precedential orders shall identify the court, docket number and date.