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 19: The People of the Court

Chapter 19: The people of the court

In the vast expanse of the federal government, the Supreme Court seems tiny by comparison. It is, in essence, only nine people—the chief justice and eight associate justices. Even when the Court's supporting personnel are included, the numbers add up to hundreds, not thousands, of people.

The Court is no vast bureaucracy, but an organization with well-defined jobs and ...

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