Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the highest court. The Supreme Court’s is tasked with settling disputes involving the interpretation of the Constitution. The process of determining whether a law or action is in violation of the Constitution is judicial review. The Supreme Court can overturn both state and federal laws if they are determined to violate the Constitution. The decisions of the Supreme Court can only be altered by means of another Supreme Court decision or through an amendment to the Constitution. The Supreme Court has full authority over federal courts and restricted authority over state courts. The Supreme Court has the final say over cases heard by federal courts, and also stipulates the procedures that federal courts must abide by. Although federal courts are required to uphold the Supreme Court’s interpretations of federal laws and the Constitution and the Supreme Court’s interpretations of federal law and the Constitution also apply to state courts, the Supreme Court cannot interpret state laws or Constitutions and doesn’t oversee state court procedures.


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