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Certified Questions To State Supreme Courts Are Especially Rare In The Sixth Circuit

Nearly every state allows federal courts to certify questions of state law to obtain definitive answers from state supreme courts on unsettled issues of state law.   The United States Supreme Court has explained that certifications “saves time, energy, and resources and helps build a cooperative judicial federalism.”  All states, except North Carolina, have rules or … Continue Reading

A Statistical Overview of the Sixth Circuit’s Practice in Certifying Questions

*This is the third in a series of posts about the certification of questions of state law.  Earlier posts can be found here and here. The practice of certifying questions to state supreme courts is well established, and each state supreme court within the Sixth Circuit’s jurisdiction — Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee — accepts … Continue Reading