Lesson 25: What Is the Role of the Supreme Court in the American Constitutional System?

Lesson 25: What Is the Role of the Supreme Court in the American Constitutional System?

The U.S. Constitution provides for an independent judiciary, a significant departure from the English tradition of formally placing judicial power in the legislative branch. Alexander Hamilton predicted that the Supreme Court would be the “least dangerous branch” because it depends on the other two branches to enforce its decisions. This lesson examines how the U.S. Supreme Court has become a coequal branch of the national government and describes some of the institutional checks on its power.\n

We the People
Center for Civic Education

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STANDARDS:
RI.1 - Meaning & Evidence, RI.2 - Main Ideas, RI.4 - Key Terms & Tone

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