Cases, Controversies, and Advisory Opinions
Learn about what constitutes a justiciable federal court case or controversy and the prohibition against the issuance of advisory opinions.
In other lessons, we discuss the ways in which federal courts may have jurisdiction over a claim. But jurisdiction alone isn’t enough to give a federal court the authority to decide a claim. The claim must also be justiciable. Justiciability is the quality that makes a dispute a case. Whether a claim is justiciable is determined by both constitutional and judicially created rules. The justiciability doctrines are designed to...