THE SUPREME COURT: SIMPLIFIED

WHO IS ON THE SUPREME COURT?

The Supreme Court is composed of a chief justice (currently John G. Roberts) and eight associate justices, all of whom are appointed by
the President and confirmed by the Senate

NOW THAT RUTH BADER GINSBURG HAS PASSED, WHAT'S NEXT?

President Trump nominated AMY CONEY BARRETT to the Supreme Court. Barrett underwent a multiple-day vetting and questioning process before

she was confirmed on October 26, 2020, leaving the court in a 6-3 conservative majority. 

WHAT DOES THE COURT DO?

The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of the judicial branch of our government. It is the highest judicial body in the United States

WHAT KINDS OF CASES DOES THE SUPREME COURT HEAR?

The Supreme Court can hear any case as long as it relates to the federal law, including the Constitution

HOW DOES A CASE GET TO THE SUPREME COURT

There are three ways in which a case can reach the supreme court: Original jurisdiction, appeals through state court systems, appeals
through federal court systems. Watch THIS VIDEO for a simple explanation.