As an institution, the Supreme Court commands respect, legitimacy, and prestige both in the United States and abroad. The October 2009 edition of eJournal USA describes many aspects of the U.S. Supreme Court. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Solicitor General Elena Kagan present their introductions and contributions by legal scholars and journalists focus on the elements of judicial decision making and independence of the justices. Four Court officials and a former Supreme Court law clerk also describe their jobs.
The Supreme Court of the United States,
Honorable 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,
Elena Kagan, Solicitor General of the United States
As the U.S. government’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 working of the court
Deciding “What the Law Is” ,
David G. Savage
A Supreme Court journalist discusses the basis for the Court’s authority and some of the cases to be heard in the 2009-2010 term.
Basic Facts About the U.S. Supreme Court
Chart : The U.S. Court System
Influence and Independence : Role of Politics in Court Decisions,
A law professor and author outlines factors that might come into play in a legal opinion.
Justices Who Change,
A journalist and lecturer gives examples of justices whose philosophies have evolved over time.
The Role of the Supreme Court Law Clerk,
An Interview With Philippa Scarlett
A former Supreme Court law clerk describes the responsibilities of the job.
The Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court
Biographies of the current and retired Justices.
Working Behind the Scenes
Four Supreme Court officials describe their jobs.
The Court and the World
Judges Coming Together : International Exchanges and the U.S. judiciary,
The director of the International Judicial Relations Office of the Federal Judicial Center describes exchange programs available for judges from around the world.
Books, articles, and Web sites on the U.S. Supreme Court
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