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U.S. Supreme Court : The Highest Court in the Land

The Supreme Court was established in the U.S. Constitution, and created by Congress with the Judiciary Act of 1789. It is the highest federal court in the United States. The Supreme Court Historical Society includes the history of the Supreme Court, documentaries, and a guide for researching the Supreme Court, as well as an explanation of how the court works.

The official website of the Supreme Court of the United States includes the official docket of cases, court rules, case handling guides, and recent decisions.
Oyez Project provides an in-depth look at the Supreme Court. Learn about Supreme Court Justices that have served, take a virtual tour of the premises, or browse cases by court term or issue. With the exception of cases currently in session, audiosynchronized with searchable print transcriptsis available for all cases dating back to 1955. U.S. Supreme Court Center offers
recent opinions, oral arguments, and general Supreme Court resources. It also highlights other resources that explore the Supreme Court and Constitutional rights.

Scales of Justice 

The Justices of the Supreme Court

Find biographical profiles at Cornell University's Legal Information Institute Current Supreme Court Justices.

The Constitution requires the President to submit nominations for the Supreme Court to the Senate. If you would like to see a list of all the individuals nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court, just go to the U.S. Senate's 
Supreme Court Nominations, 1789 - Present.

For the Supreme Court selection process use the Congressional Research Service's report on the Supreme Court Appointment Process: Roles of the President, Judiciary Committee, and Senate or How Supreme Court Appointments Work to learn the basics.

Georgetown University Law Library has a
Supreme Court Nominations Research Guide that explores recent Supreme Court nominations and confirmations.

For salary and benefits information use Robert Longley's 
U.S. Supreme Court Retirement Benefits 

U.S. Supreme Court Opinions

Find a database of Supreme Court decisions searchable by author, party, or topic through Cornell University Legal Information Institute's Supreme Court website.

FindLaw's Supreme Court Center includes the United States Constitution with annotations of cases decided by the Supreme Court. This is particularly useful when you're researching how the Supreme Court has interpreted cases focusing on a specific amendment. FindLaw's US Supreme Court Opinions features a searchable database of Supreme Court decisions starting from the year 1893. The database is browsable by year and U.S. Reports volume number and searchable by citation, case title, and full text.

The Oyez Project provides the interested listener with an opportunity to listen to oral arguments in Supreme Court heard since 1955. This website also contains information on Supreme Court cases from Chisholm v. Georgia in 1793 to the present. Oyez provides summaries of the Court's decisions in each case. 

Keeping Up with Recent Supreme Court Developments 

The Supreme Court is frequently in the news so one way to stay current is through The New York Times, The Washington Post or the Wall Street Journal. Here are some additional resources that will help you keep up with recent developments:

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