supreme court

     

A supreme court, also calle a court of last resort or high court, is in some jurisdictions the highest judicial body within that jurisdiction's court system, whose rulings are not subject to further review by another court. The designations for such courts differ among jurisdictions. Courts of last resort typically function primarily as appellate courts, hearing appeals from the lower trial courts or intermediate-level appellate courts.

Trivia about supreme court

  • This body was created September 24, 1789 by the Federal Judiciary Act
  • Sandra Day O'Connor & Ruth Bader Ginsburg are both judges on this court
  • So far it's had 16 chief justices, starting with John Jay & ending with William Rehnquist
  • Belva Ann Lockwood, the 1st woman lawyer to practice before this court, had drafted the law to allow it
  • Harry Blackmun retired from this in 1994 joking that he didn't want his senility to reach unacceptable levels
  • Between 1789 & 1865 this group invalidated only 2 of the statutes passed by Congress; since 1865, over 100
  • In 1921 former president William Howard Taft achieved his life's goal -- an appointment to this body
  • A petition for certiorari asks that an appellate court, usually this high one, review a case's record
  • It's the body that meets here:
  • Though it's the apex of a branch of the U.S. govt., it didn't get a building of its own until 1935.
  • Congress has the right "to Constitutional tribunals inferior to this one"
  • Samuel Chase, Samuel Nelson, Samuel Miller & Samuel Blatchford all served on this august body
  • In John Marshall's day, this highest judicial body met in the basement of the Capitol
  • By 1942 FDR had appointed 7 new men to this body: it took a while, but he got the packing he had wanted
  • Charles Evans Hughes is the only man confirmed to serve 2 non-consecutive terms on this judicial body
  • The 9 judges on this body in Alabama, unlike the one in Washington, D.C., run for election
  • Its first session was Feb. 1, 1790; it adjourned Feb. 10, as no cases were before it
  • In 1811 Madison appointed him to this body; the Senate approved it, but John turned it down
  • In 1965 Arthur Goldberg left this body to become the U.S. ambassador to the U,N.
  • This group was originally made up of 6 members; in 1869 Congress changed its total to 9
  • Collective name for the group seen here in 1868
  • In 1994 Bill Clinton appointed Stephen Breyer to this body
  • Samuel "Bacon Face" Chase became a justice of this 20 years after signing the Declaration of Independence
  • We bet the first Monday in Oct. is always circled on Linda Greenhouse's calendar; she started on this Times beat in 1978
  • In 1967 Thurgood Marshall became the first black American appointed to this legal body
  • Serving from 1941 to 1946, Harlan Stone was the 12th guy to head up this important group
  • Jeffrey Toobin: "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the ___ ___"
  • The pediment seen here, adorned by sculptures & the words "Equal justice under law", is found on this building