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The Supreme Court  1 The U.S. Supreme Court By: Owen Thomas 1/20/2011 CJS/220
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The Supreme Court  2 The purpose of the Supreme Court is to serve as the ultimate interpreter of the U.S. constitution; the U.S. Supreme Court also decides legal issues arising from federal statutes, it is also the final appellate court, sometimes referred to as “the court of last resort” (Meyer & Grant, 2003). The U.S.Supreme court plays a very unique role in appellate courts because of its authority and influence on many of the most significant legal, political, and social issues in the nation. Although the Supreme Court usually operates in relative obscurity, but the Presidential election of 2000 focused worldwide attention on the court, raising public consciousness about the critical role of the Court in the nations legal and political affairs. The U.S. Supreme Court includes nine justices, who are appointed by the president of the United States; their positions are held for life. Unlike other appellate Courts which must review all cases submitted to them, each year the Supreme Court grants only a small proportion of the requests for certiorari. Certiorari are requests for review submitted for its consideration. According to Meyer & Grant, 2003 in order for a case to be granted review by the Supreme Court, at least four of the nine justices must
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2011 for the course CRIMINAL J 116 taught by Professor Herald during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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