The US Supreme Court   SHS Social Studies
Federal Court Structure
Structure Con’t…• Set up by the Constitution• Each of these courts have jurisdiction (the right to  hear a case)• State co...
Jurisdiction• Original (trial court): Federal—US laws, the  Constitution, 2 or more state governments, US  government, cit...
The Supreme Court        • Original jurisdiction:          certain cases in which a          state is a party; cases      ...
Who Are The Judges (appointed  by President, approved by          Senate)?
Reagan AppointeesAntonin Scalia (C)    Anthony Kennedy (M)
H.W. Bush Appointee  Clarence Thomas (C)
Clinton AppointeesRuth Bader Ginsburg (L)   Stephen Breyer (L)
W. Bush AppointeesChief Justice John Roberts (C) Samuel Alito (C)
Obama AppointeeJustice Sonya Sotomayer (L)   Justice Elena Kagan (L)
Oral ArgumentPlanned Parenthood v. Ayotte
Decision• Most important ever: Marbury v. Madison
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Supreme Court

  1. 1. The US Supreme Court SHS Social Studies
  2. 2. Federal Court Structure
  3. 3. Structure Con’t…• Set up by the Constitution• Each of these courts have jurisdiction (the right to hear a case)• State courts also have jurisdiction, but state cases can enter the Federal system through state supreme courts• The case HAS to include a federal law or a US Constitutional issue
  4. 4. Jurisdiction• Original (trial court): Federal—US laws, the Constitution, 2 or more state governments, US government, citizens of different states or citizen and a different state, ambassadors or foreign officials• Concurrent (choice of courts): both Federal & state governments have jurisdiction• Appellate (hears an appeal): includes Supreme Court
  5. 5. The Supreme Court • Original jurisdiction: certain cases in which a state is a party; cases involving reps. of foreign governments • Appellate jurisdiction: almost all cases • Steps: 1. Grant certiorari/calendar 2. Oral arguments 3. Decision issued
  6. 6. Who Are The Judges (appointed by President, approved by Senate)?
  7. 7. Reagan AppointeesAntonin Scalia (C) Anthony Kennedy (M)
  8. 8. H.W. Bush Appointee Clarence Thomas (C)
  9. 9. Clinton AppointeesRuth Bader Ginsburg (L) Stephen Breyer (L)
  10. 10. W. Bush AppointeesChief Justice John Roberts (C) Samuel Alito (C)
  11. 11. Obama AppointeeJustice Sonya Sotomayer (L) Justice Elena Kagan (L)
  12. 12. Oral ArgumentPlanned Parenthood v. Ayotte
  13. 13. Decision• Most important ever: Marbury v. Madison

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