The

SUPREME COURT

CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS

 

Ideology: Conservative

 

Assumed Office: September 29, 2005

Appointed by: George W. Bush

Replaced: William Rehnquist

Born: January 27, 1955

Religion: Roman Catholic

Description

  • The highest court in the land.
  • 9 appointed members.
  • Part of the Judicial Branch.
  • Justices serve for life.
  • Resolves disputes between states.

Powers

  • Judicial Review - Can rule laws unconstitutional.
  • Sets legal precedents with the force of law. Precedents apply to the entire country.
  • Original Jurisdiction - Cases can start in the Supreme Court (but usually don't).
  • Has the "final say".

Positions

  • Chief Justice:
    • John Roberts (Conservative)
  • Associate Justices - By Seniority:
    • Clarence Thomas (Originalist)
    • Stephen Breyer (Liberal)
    • Samuel Alito (Conservative)
    • Sonia Sotomayor (Liberal)
    • Elena Kagan (Liberal)
    • Neil Gorsuch (Conservative)
    • Brett Kavanaugh (Conservative)
    • Amy Coney Barrett (Originalist)

Qualifications

  • None