How do cases reach the Court? How do the justices proceed to select and decide them? ‘The Court at work (1)’ looks at how the Court operates, and the sorts of cases that get heard by the Court. There are no typical Supreme Court cases; there is a typical range of cases during a given term. One category consists of cases of constitutional interpretation, usually involving a claim that a federal or state statute of policy violates a provision of the Constitution. The second consists of cases requiring the justices to decide the meaning or application of a federal statute. A third category consists of suits between states.