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Title: The Supreme Court


1
The Supreme Court
  • S.C. Supreme Court

2
Supreme Court Justices
  • Nine Justices
  • 1 Chief Justice and 8 Associate Justices
  • Originally only had 5
  • Salary
  • 217,400 for Chief Justice
  • 208,100 for Associate Justices
  • Serve for Life
  • Can be impeached

John Roberts- Chief Justice
3
Becoming a Supreme Court Justice
  • Constitutional Requirements
  • NONE
  • Appointed by President
  • Confirmed by Senate
  • Most appointments are confirmed
  • 1988 Robert Bork nominated by Reagan but not
    confirmed

4
How do you get a case heard?
  • You file for certiorari or asking for review
  • If the S.C. wants to hear your case, they write a
    Writ of Certiorari saying that they will hear
    it and asking for all documents related to the
    case
  • EXAMPLE

5
Steps of a S.C. case
  • File for Certiorari
  • Writ of Certiorari given
  • Submit papers and briefs
  • S.C. reviews everything
  • Oral arguments
  • S.C. has a conference and votes
  • One justice writes the majority opinion
  • Any other justice may write a supporting or
    dissenting opinion
  • Ruling is given

6
If the S.C. is hearing a case, who may file
papers?
  • Anyone
  • Both parties can give the court just about
    anything
  • Third parties file an Amicus Curiae or friend
    of the court brief.

7
What exactly can the S.C. look at?
  • Judicial Review
  • Examining laws and actions of governments
  • Interpretation of Laws
  • Declaring them unconstitutional
  • Explaining what they mean
  • Reviewing other courts decisions
  • Overturning if unconstitutional
  • Upholding if correct

8
Current Supreme Court(Age when appointed/Year
Appointed)
  • John Roberts (50/2005) Chief Justice
  • Samuel Alito (55/2006)
  • Antonin Scalia (50/1986)
  • Anthony Kennedy (52/1988)
  • Clarence Thomas (43/1991)
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • (60/1993)
  • Stephen Breyer (56/1994)
  • Sonia Sotomayor (55/2009)
  • Elena Kagan (50/2010)
  • Do they agree?
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