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Justices Breyer and O'Connor on the Role of the Courts

AIR DATE: Thursday, December 10, 1998

Justices Breyer and O’Connor meet with students and discuss the role of the courts, state v. federal law, role of the Constitution, Congress, appeals court, and the Supreme Court as final arbiter.

Discussion Questions

  1. What is the role of the Supreme Court? Where do laws come from?
  2. How many cases request a hearing by the Supreme Court each year?
  3. How many do they actually hear? Explain how the Supreme Court decides to take a case.
KEYWORDS: Checks and Balances, JUDICIAL, Lower and State Courts, People in History, State and Local Politics, U.S. Supreme Court