Our Federal Government: The Supreme Court [With Teacher’s Guide] [VHS]

Program Description
The Supreme Court-“Equal justice under the law”-that phrase on the Supreme Court building
expresses the purpose of the judicial branch of the United States government. The Supreme Court,
w…

Program Description
The Supreme Court-“Equal justice under the law”-that phrase on the Supreme Court building
expresses the purpose of the judicial branch of the United States government. The Supreme Court,
which heads the judicial branch, is the final interpreter of the laws of the U. S. This program is a
thorough, up-to-date look at the Supreme Court, its history, and its role in our federal government.
The program explains that the Constitution provided few details about the role of the Court. Chief
Justice John Marshall and other pioneer justices expanded the power of the Court, established its
central role in the federal government, and helped organize the federal judicial system. The
program surveys landmark cases in which the Supreme Court’s rulings changed history. For
example, Marbury vs. Madison (1803) established the Court’s power of judicial review over
decisions of lower federal and state courts. Other landmark Supreme Court decisions have
established and reinforced the civil rights of Americans. In 2000 a Supreme Court ruling decided
the presidential election. The program ends with a look at important issues that may be decided by
the Supreme Court in the near future and a review of the Court’s powers.

Federal Courts

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