[HOW DOES IT WORK] The U.S. Supreme Court: A Primer

The U.S. Supreme Court: Equal Justice Under the LawImage

This revision of “The U.S. Supreme Court: Equal Justice Under the Law” is a collection of essays that explains how the highest court in the United States functions. It has been updated to reflect the appointments of new justices and key officers, and recent, significant decisions of the court.

Foreword

Introduction

The U.S. Supreme Court: Fidelity to the Law
By John G. Roberts Jr.
Chief Justice of the United States

The Constitution prescribes a central role for the Supreme Court in the U.S. system of government.

The Role of the Solicitor General
By Elena Kagan
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and former Solicitor General of the United States

As the U.S. representative in all legal cases involving the government, the Office of the Solicitor General participates in three-quarters of the cases considered by the Supreme Court.

The Justices, Their Judgments and the Workings of the Court

Deciding “What the Law Is”
By David G. Savage

A Supreme Court journalist discusses the Constitutional basis of the court’s authority and significant cases of the past and others awaiting review.

Influence and Independence: Politics in Supreme Court Decisions
By Susan Sherry

A law professor and author outlines factors that might come into play in a legal opinion.

Justices Who Change: Justices, Judgments and the Court’s Workings
By Linda Greenhouse

A journalist and lecturer gives examples of justices whose philosophies have evolved over time.

Role of Supreme Court Law Clerk: Interview With Philippa Scarlett
A former Supreme Court law clerk describes the responsibilities of the job.

Working Behind the Scenes
Four Supreme Court officials describe their jobs.

The Judges

The Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court
Biographies of the current and retired justices.

The Court and the World

Judges Coming Together: International Exchanges and U.S. Judiciary

ImageAdditional Resources

Books, Articles, Websites on U.S. Supreme Court

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