What Is The Intent
Finally, the courts have abandoned the notion of one appellate method for all cases and all litigants. The significant cases, those brought by wealthy, powerful, or institutional litigants — receive the traditional approach model. The routine, trivial cases — usually the ones brought by poorer, weaker litigants — are relegated to two-track appellate justice. For these cases (about half the total) the circuit courts have become certiorari courts, rather than courts of mandatory, appellate jurisdiction that Congress intended.
William M. Richman and William L. Reynolds United States Lawyers
Source, “Elitism, Expediency, and the New Certiorari: Requiem for the Learned Hand Tradition,” 81 Cornell Law Review 273