US Supreme Court Law and News

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The Supreme Court of the United States of America Law system consists of the Chief Justice of the United States and such number of Associate Justices as may be fixed by Congress. The number of Associate Justices is currently fixed at eight (28 U. S. C. §1). Power to nominate the Justices is vested in the President of the United States, and appointments are made with the advice and consent of the Senate. Article III, §1, of the Constitution further provides that “Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated times, receive for their services, a compensation, which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office.”

According to the Constitution (Art. III, §2): “The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;-to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;-to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;-to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;-to Controversies between two or more States;—between a State and Citizens of another State;-between Citizens of different States;—between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.

“In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.”

Appellate jurisdiction has been conferred upon the Supreme Court by various statutes, under the authority given Congress by the Constitution. The basic statute effective at this time in conferring and controlling jurisdiction of the Supreme Court may be found in 28 U. S. C. §1251 et seq., and various special statutes..

United States of America Law Code

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USA laws generally apply to people living in the United States and its territories abroad. The US Congress creates and passes bills that the President then signs into law. Federal judges review the laws and can veto them if they … Continue reading

Rules of the Supreme Court

Rule 1. Clerk 1. The Clerk receives documents for filing with the Court and has authority to reject any submitted filing that does not comply with these Rules. 2. The Clerk maintains the Court’s records and will not permit any … Continue reading

April 2013 Supreme Court Review

 Opinions of the Court for April 2013 R- Date Docket Name J. Pt. 40 4/29/13 11-9953 Boyer v. Louisiana PC 569/1 39 4/29/13 12-17 McBurney v. Young A 569/1 38 4/23/13 11-702 Moncrieffe v. Holder SS 569/1 37 4/17/13 11-1425 … Continue reading