As 21 News has been reporting, the U.S. Supreme Court has begun a new term with two Trump-appointed justices.

There could be significant implications in several major cases those justices will hear - but how will they arrive at their opinions?

We caught up with Ohio Supreme Court Justice Michael Donnelly at an event in Boardman Wednesday evening.  He says the U.S. Supreme Court has a lot of similarities to the one in Ohio.

Without getting too specific, Donnelly talked about the process he and the other six justices will go through this term to arrive at their opinions.

The court decides which cases they'll hear - ones that carry great public importance or that will have many sweeping effects for citizens.

While there are significant political implications with the U.S. Supreme Court now leaning more conservative, Justice Donnelly acknowledged that in the past, there had been presidents who have been disappointed by the opinions their justices rendered.

"Judges don't legislate from the bench; we're there to follow the law and make sure that it's upheld," Donnelly said. "The public needs to understand we are not legislators...we are taking an oath to follow the law, so when a case arrives on our docket, we look at the precedent, what the legal precedent is, what we must follow, we're bound to follow in most cases legal precedent and the statute as written."

Given all of that, it's fair to say there may be some surprises in upcoming U.S. Supreme Court rulings in cases having to do with things like LGBTQ protections and abortion.

As for Ohio's high court, Justice Donnelly says cases involving appellate reviews of sentencing and a case involving double jeopardy are among the big ones.
He says the decisions in those will be out soon.