The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the highest court in the United States. Learn more about how it works and some famous Justices.


The Supreme Court – Laws of the Land
The Supreme Court has nine members, hears hundreds of cases a year, and issues important decisions that sometimes have wide-ranging effects on the U.S. legal system.

The Beginning of the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court grew from sort of an afterthought to a powerful institution. This articles explains how.

Official Supreme Court site
This is the official government site of the Supreme Court. Start here for general information.

Milestone Cases in History
Read all about the famous cases in Supreme Court history. Find information on the opinions, the Justices who wrote them, background on the cases, and much more.

FindLaw: Supreme Court Opinions
A great resource for finding a specific Court opinion!

How the Supreme Court Fills a Vacancy
The Supreme Court has nine members. When a vacancy arises, such as when a current Justice retires or dies, the President appoints someone to replace the Justice who has left.

Life of John Marshall
Read all about the first important Chief Justice. See the man who gave us the principle of judicial review. Learn more about this very important American!

Marbury v. Madison: Background and Explanation
This is John Marshall's first decision and the case that gave us the idea of judicial review, the right of the Supreme Court to declare a law unconstitutional.

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