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<ul><li>The number of justices is set by Congress—currently 9 members </li></ul><ul><li>Appointed by the president, confir...
Chief Justice John Roberts John  Paul Stevens Anthony Kennedy Samuel Alito Ruth Bader Ginsberg Stephen Breyer Sonia Sotoma...
<ul><li>The power to overturn any law that the Court decides is in conflict with the Constitution </li></ul>Marbury v. Mad...
 
<ul><li>Rule of 4: Four justices must agree to hear the case </li></ul><ul><li>Case placed on the docket (schedule) </li><...
<ul><li>Majority Opinion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>States decision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explains reason </li></ul></ul><...
<ul><li>Precedent—a guideline for how all similar cases should be decided in the future </li></ul><ul><li>Public Opinion <...
 
 
 
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The Supreme Court

  1. 1. Notes
  2. 2. <ul><li>The number of justices is set by Congress—currently 9 members </li></ul><ul><li>Appointed by the president, confirmed by the Senate </li></ul><ul><li>Serve for life </li></ul>
  3. 3. Chief Justice John Roberts John Paul Stevens Anthony Kennedy Samuel Alito Ruth Bader Ginsberg Stephen Breyer Sonia Sotomayor Antonin Scalia Clarence Thomas
  4. 4. <ul><li>The power to overturn any law that the Court decides is in conflict with the Constitution </li></ul>Marbury v. Madison
  5. 6. <ul><li>Rule of 4: Four justices must agree to hear the case </li></ul><ul><li>Case placed on the docket (schedule) </li></ul><ul><li>Briefs are submitted </li></ul><ul><li>Oral Arguments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30 minutes per side </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Justices can interrupt at any time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Super-secret meetings on Wednesdays & Fridays </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chief presents each case & each Justice announces his/her vote. Results are kept secret until opinions are published. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Majority Opinion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>States decision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explains reason </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Concurring Opinion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Agrees with the majority, but for different reasons </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dissenting Opinion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Disagrees with the majority </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Precedent—a guideline for how all similar cases should be decided in the future </li></ul><ul><li>Public Opinion </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Views </li></ul>

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