Supreme Court Procedures


Civics The Judicial Branch: Justice and the Law Supreme Court Procedures
Students explore the procedures of the United States Supreme Court, learning both the terminology and the process. Then, they create a diagram to illustrate the process. Finally, they explain the connection between the Supreme Court procedures and the phrase: “Equal Justice Under Law.”

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Overview

In this experience, students explore the procedures of the United States Supreme Court, learning both the terminology and the process. Then, they create a diagram to illustrate the process. Finally, they explain the connection between the Supreme Court procedures and the phrase: “Equal Justice Under Law.”

Students will work in small groups in scene 3.

Other experiences that address the Supreme Court include The Federal Court System, The Supreme Court, and Landmark Supreme Court Decisions.

Objectives

  • Identify the kinds of cases the Supreme Court decides to hear.
  • Describe the process of a case going to and through the Supreme Court.
  • Explain how the Court’s rulings are made.


The Supreme Court of the United States has only nine justices (judges), but those nine people hear some of the most important legal cases in the country. How do those cases work? What rules do they follow? Who gets to speak or write and when? In this experience, you’ll learn about the unique procedures of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Objectives

  • Identify the kinds of cases the Supreme Court decides to hear.
  • Describe the process of a case going to and through the Supreme Court.
  • Explain how the Court’s rulings are made.




Contemplation of Justice Statue, U.S. Supreme Court Building


Go to the home page of the Supreme Court of the United States.


Look around the home page without clicking anything. What types of information do you find on the page? To list more than one type, separate your ideas with a comma, like this: executive branch, legislative branch

Post your answer

Discuss student responses, which will likely include: information about recent decisions, the calendar, a list of oral arguments, links to opinions, case documents, rules and guidance, news media, and so on.


Based on the information on the page, what questions do you have about how the Supreme Court functions?





Discuss student questions and make note of the ones that focus on the content that will be addressed in this experience—the procedures of the Supreme Court. Use this discussion to frame the rest of the experience. 


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