Bloomberg Law
Sept. 3, 2021, 6:05 PM

Supreme Court ‘Shadow Docket’ to Get Senate Judiciary Scrutiny

Madison Alder
Madison Alder

The Senate Judiciary Committee plans a hearing on what majority Democrats are calling potential “abuse” of the Supreme Court “shadow docket” following this week’s surprise ruling allowing a Texas law restricting abortions to take effect.

“At a time when public confidence in government institutions has greatly eroded, we must examine not just the constitutional impact of allowing the Texas law to take effect, but also the conservative Court’s abuse of the shadow docket,” Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said in a statement.

The so-called shadow docket, in which the court rules on appeals without the usual extended briefing and oral ...