highest court of a state

highest court of a state
A state court, the decision of which is not subject to review by a higher state court by appeal or otherwise. Southern Electric Co. v Stoddard, 269 US 186, 70 L Ed 227, 46 S Ct 71. A judgment rendered by a division of the state supreme court, consisting of four of the seven judges of that court, is not reviewable in the United States Supreme Court, as one of the highest courts of a state, where the state constitution, although providing that the state court shall consist of two divisions, and that the judgments of either division shall have the force and effect of a judgment of the court, also authorizes the transfer of a cause from a division to the court en banc, and requires such a transfer, on the application of the losing party, "when a federal question is involved," and the rules of the state supreme court authorize a transfer from either division to the court en banc after final disposition of the cause by a division. Gorman v Washington University, 316 US 98, 86 L Ed 938, 5 S Ct 369.

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