In the last U.S. Supreme Court term, justices on the left dominated major rulings from same-sex marriage to specialty license plates. In the new term opening Oct. 5, will the right rise again?

The nature of a high court term depends on the types of cases that the justices take. Although the justices have tremendous discretion in granting review, disagreement among the circuits, the invalidation of a federal law or a pressing national issue raise the odds that review will be granted.

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