Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court reflects the substantial changes in the makeup of the High Court and landmark rulings from recent Court terms. No other reference on the Court offers so much detail and insight in such a readable format. This classic resource explains everything readers need to know about the Supreme Court, from its origins and how it functions to the people who have shaped it and the impact of its decisions on American life and the path of U.S. constitutional law. Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court covers the Court’s entire history; its operations; its power in relation to other branches of government; major decisions affecting the other branches, the states, individual rights and liberties; and biographies of the justices.

Chapter 18: How the Court Decides: Operations and Traditions

Chapter 18: How the court decides: Operations and traditions

The Supreme Court sits atop a federal court system that includes twelve regional appeals courts and several special courts that review patents, trade disputes, and claims against the government. The Court's mission is to enforce the Constitution and the laws of the United States and to resolve legal questions that arise over how ...

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