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Supreme Court of the United States : The Court

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The Supreme Court

Mission: The Supreme Court is the highest tribunal in the nation for all cases and controversies arising under the Constitution or the laws of the United States. The Court stands as the final arbiter of the law and guardian of constitutional liberties.

The Supreme Court consists of the Chief Justice of the United States and such a number of Associate Justices as may be fixed by Congress. The number of Associate Justices is currently fixed at eight (28 U.S.C. §1). Power to nominate the Justices is vested in the President of the United States and appointments are made with the advice and consent of the Senate. Article III, §1, of the Constitution further provides that "[t]he Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office." (text from the website).

The Supreme Court Yearbook  (subscription database)

The Supreme Court Yearbook has provided valuable in-depth coverage and analysis of every decision from the nation's highest court since the 1989-1990 term.

  • Year-end overviews of Supreme Court terms from 1989-1990 to 2012-2013
  • Case summaries of every opinion written during each Supreme Court term
  • Essays on the most significant cases from each year and the trends in each term
  • Useful tables and figures on voting patterns and trends in constitutional law
  • Biographies of justices
  • Reference documents for understanding how the Supreme Court works


Recommended Reading

Encyclopedia of the American Judicial System ed. Robert J. Janosik. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 3 Vols.
Call: REF KF154E53 1987

Facts About the Suprime Court of the United States / Lisa PAddock. Historical Overview by Paul Barrett. New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1996.  Call: Ref: KF8742 P32 1996

The Justices of the United States Supreme Court: Their Lives and Major Opinions. eds. Leon Friendman and Fred L. Israel Vol 1 to 4 c1969, Vol 5, c1978. Call Ref KF8744 .F75

Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, 2nd ed. ed. Kermit Hall. NEw York: Oxford University Press, 2005
Call Ref: KF8742 A35 O93 2005