After the justices complete their deliberations and have subscribed to the majority, concurring, or dissenting opinion, a “Notice of Forthcoming Filing” is filed with the Clerk’s Office. That notice announces the date on which the court’s written opinion will be filed. For the convenience of the litigants, the public, and the press, decisions normally are filed at two set times each week: Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.
At those times, the decisions are sent to the Clerk’s Office, stamped “Filed,” and made public, both in hard copy at the Clerk’s Office and on the court’s website. A decision does not become final until 30 days after the opinion has been filed, and the court may extend that time for an additional 60 days. In the interim, the court has discretion whether to grant a timely petition for rehearing or to modify its decision. If a petition for rehearing is granted, the process begins again, and a new calendar memorandum is prepared and circulated.