Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

In previous years, the Court released orders the morning after the Court’s “Long Conference.” It has not done so this year. Beginning last Term, the Court consistently considered petitions at least two times before granting certiorari. To the extent that practice continues -- and there is no affirmative evidence the Court intends to drop it -- we would not expect orders granting certiorari today.

Chafin v. Chafin

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
11-1347 11th Cir. Dec 5, 2012
Tr.Aud.
Feb 19, 2013 9-0 Roberts OT 2012

Holding: The return of a child to a foreign country pursuant to an order under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction does not render an appeal of that order moot.

Judgment: Vacated and remanded, 9-0, in an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts on February 19, 2013. Justice Ginsburg filed a concurring opinion in which Justice Scalia and Justice Breyer joined.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders
May 7 2012Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due June 8, 2012)
Jun 8 2012Brief of respondent Lynne Hales Chafin in opposition filed.
Jun 20 2012DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 24, 2012.
Aug 13 2012Petition GRANTED.
Sep 14 2012SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Wednesday, December 5, 2012.
Sep 26 2012Joint appendix filed. (Statement of costs filed)
Sep 27 2012Brief of petitioner Jeffrey Lee Chafin filed.
Oct 2 2012Record received from U.S.C.A. for 11th Circuit. (1 box)
Oct 4 2012Brief amicus curiae of the United States filed.
Oct 4 2012Proposal of the Solicitor General to lodge copies of a decision by the Constitutional Court of Spain, translated, which is cited to in their amicus curiae brief.
Oct 4 2012Brief amicus curiae of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children filed.
Oct 17 2012CIRCULATED.
Oct 22 2012Record from U.S.D.C. for Northern District of Alabama is electronic.
Oct 29 2012Brief of respondent Lynne Hales Chafin filed. (Distributed)
Oct 29 2012Proposal of respondent to lodge copies of documents from the Sheriff Court of South Strathclyde, Dumfries & Galloway at Airdrie, Scotland, which are cited to in her brief, petitioner's and the brief of the United States.
Nov 5 2012Brief amicus curiae of Centre for Family Law and Policy filed. (Distributed)
Nov 5 2012Motion for divided argument filed by respondent Lynne Hales Chafin.
Nov 5 2012Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed.
Nov 9 2012Petitioner's opposition to motion of respondent for divided argument.
Nov 20 2012Motion for divided argument filed by respondent DENIED.
Nov 20 2012Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument GRANTED.
Nov 21 2012Reply of petitioner Jeffrey Lee Chafin filed. (Distributed)
Nov 29 2012Proposal of respondent to lodge copies of the Notice of Intention to Defend in the Sheriff Court of South Strathclyde, Dumfries & Galloway at Airdrie, Scotland.
Nov 30 2012Lodging approved. Twenty copies of a decision by the Constitutional Court of Spain from the Solicitor General received and distributed.
Nov 30 2012Respondent's lodging proposals approved. Twenty copies each of documents from the Sheriff Court of South Strathclyde, Dumfries & Galloway at Airdrie, Scotland, and of the Notice of Intention to Defend in the Sheriff Court of South Strathclyde, Dumfries & Galloway at Airdrie, Scotland.
Dec 4 2012Proposal to lodge copies of proceedings, in the Larbie v. Larbie case before the High Court of Justice Family Division, pursuant to a request of the UKCA under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International child Abduction filed.
Dec 5 2012Argued. For petitioner: Michael E. Manely, Marietta, Ga.; and Nicole A. Saharsky, Assistant to the Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. (for United States, as amicus curiae.) For respondent: Stephen J. Cullen, Washington, D. C.
Jan 23 2013Letter and copy of the judgment issued by the English High Court of Justice Family Division in Larbie v. Larbie counsel for the respondent received and distributed.
Feb 19 2013Judgment VACATED and case REMANDED. Roberts, C. J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court. Ginsburg, J., filed a concurring opinion, in which Scalia and Breyer, JJ., joined.
Mar 25 2013JUDGMENT ISSUED.
Apr 9 2013Record returned to U.S.C.A. for 11th Circuit.
 
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