Roosevelt's Court Packing

By Bethany Tallon and Greg Ludden


On February 5, 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt announced a court packing plan, also known as the New Deal, to expand the Supreme Court to as many as 15 judges, to make it more efficient. This plan contained a lot of economic programs, which were designed to counter the bad effects from Great Depression.



Almost every new plan that FDR got approved the court had a problem with it.

so in order to get past the courts FDR proposed a legislation, it was the The Judiciary Reorganization Bill of 1937, it provided for a broad reform of the federal judiciary system, it allowed FDR to have an additional member to the Supreme Court for every sitting justice that was over seventy years old. It meant a total of six new justices at the time the bill was shown.


  • On March 10, 1937, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee had the first hearings on the Judiciary Reorganization Bill proposed by FDR
  • FDR also was afraid that every New Deal reform looked at, such as the prohibition on child labor or amount of wages and hours at work was at risk on the bill, because everyone wanted work.


Even though the U.S. economy was still extremely bad by the end of the 1930s, looking back, it's uncertain as to how much Roosevelt's New Deal programs that actually helped end the Great Depression, but the New Deal programs did ease the hardships of the Great Depression. It was ultimately the entrance of the U.S. into World War II that ended the Great Depression in the United States.