Judicial branch

By RyLee W. Madison M. Kathrine B. Skylar E.

How Cases make it to the Supreme Court

A case gets to the Supreme court after it goes through all of the lower levels. A case has to go through the lower levals to make it to the court room. A motion is filled so that the Supreme Court will hear the case. Then the Supreme Court Justice that is responsible for the case gets tio decide if the court gets to hear the case or not. The Justice has to be responsible for that country from where the case is from to have that Justice decide. And the Supreme Court Justice is the final authority for all court cases in the United States.

The current members of the Supreme Court

The current members of the supreme court are Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, Elena Kagan, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. These are the salaries of the Supreme Court. Cheif Justice, Supreme Court $217,400. Associate Justices, Supreme Court $208,100. Sonia Sotomayor has been in the Supreme court for 5 years and she was elected by Barack Obama. Stephen Breyer has been in the Supreme Court for 20 years and was elected by Bill Clinton. Samuel Alito has been in the Supreme Court for 8 years and was elected by George W. Bush. Elena Kagan has been in the Supreme Court for 4 years and was elected by Barack Obama. Clarence Thomas has been in the Supreme Court for 23 years and was elected by George H. W. Bush. Antonin Scalia has been in the Supreme Court for 28 years and was elected by Ronald Regan. John Roberts has been in the Supreme Court for 9 years and was elected by George W. Bush. Anthony Kennedy has been in the Supreme Court for 26 years and was elected by Ronald Regan. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been in the Supreme Court for 21 years and was elected by President Bill Clinton.

The Responsibilities of the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest federal Court in the United States.The Supeme Court has jurisdiction over all federal and state Courts. The Supreme Court consists of a Cheif Justice and eight Associate Justices who were nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Once appointed the Justices remain in this position unless they resign, retire, or get impeach. Each Justice has one vote.The Supreme Court meets in the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington D.C.

Two important Supreme Court cases

One important case that was brought to the supreme Court was U.S V. Nixon(1974) Finding: The President is not above the law. During Watergate, President Nixon refused to turn over audio tapes to the prosecutor. He refused because he was the President. However, the Supreme Court ruled that the President of the United States did not have the right to execute privilege if national security was compromised. another important case was Miranda V. Arizonia (1966) Finding: Police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning.After hours of police interigations, Ernesto Miranda confesed during his trial he stated that he wasnot aduised of his rights to council and to remain silent. The Supreme Court agreed with him and ruled that police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning.