The Supreme Court Compendium provides historical and statistical information on the Supreme Court: its institutional development; caseload; decision trends; the background, nomination, and voting behavior of its justices; its relationship with public, governmental, and other judicial bodies; and its impact. With over 180 tables and figures, this new edition is intended to capture the full retrospective picture through the 2013-2014 term of the Roberts Court and the momentous decisions handed down within the last four years, including United States v. Windsor, National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, and Shelby County v. Holder.
Chapter 5: The Justices: Post-Confirmation Activities and Departures from the Court
Tables in the preceding chapter depict aspects of the justices’ lives prior to their confirmation proceedings. In this chapter, we focus on the careers of the justices after their ascent to the bench. These data begin in Table 5-1 with the justices’ lengths of service. Justice William O. Douglas served the longest, with a tenure in excess of 36 years. At the opposite extreme, Thomas Johnson sat on the Court for less than a year (see “A Data Literacy Lesson,” below). Table 5-2 divides the Supreme Court’s history into its component natural courts, a term used to identify periods of time in which the same set of ...