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A supreme court is the highest court within the hierarchy of courts in many legal jurisdictions. Other descriptions for such courts include court of last resort, apex court, and high (or final) court of appeal. Broadly speaking, the decisions of a supreme court are not subject to further review by any other court. Supreme courts typically function primarily as appellate courts, hearing appeals from decisions of lower trial courts, or from intermediate-level appellate courts


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Judicial authority extends to issues dealing wih all the following areas EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Common law

    • B. 

      Equity

    • C. 

      Civil law

    • D. 

      Criminal law

    • E. 

      Pending legislation

  • 2. 
    Which of the following represents the best example of a case dealing with original jurisdiction?
    • A. 

      A review of New York and New Jersey arguing over property rights related to Ellis Island

    • B. 

      An appeal by a convict on death row

    • C. 

      A review of the contitutionality of a school district allowing prayer at a graduation ceremony

    • D. 

      A review of President Nixon's decision not to turn over the Watergate tapes to Congress

    • E. 

      A review of a federal law mandating affirmative action in industries that have contracts with the government

  • 3. 
    Which of the following principles does common law rely on?
    • A. 

      Judicial precedent

    • B. 

      Contract issues

    • C. 

      Judicial restraint

    • D. 

      Habeas corpus

    • E. 

      Judicial activism

  • 4. 
    Which of the following actions requires senatorial courtesy?
    • A. 

      A bill introduced by a senator from one state must get agreement from the other senator in that state

    • B. 

      Members of the same party agree on the order of legislation

    • C. 

      Senators from the state in which a judicial appointment is being made by the president are informed of who the candidate is prior to the actual appointment

    • D. 

      The majority leader of the Senate informs the minority leader who he is appointing as committee chairman

    • E. 

      The president informs the chairman of the Judiciary Committee of a Supreme Court nominee prior to the announcement

  • 5. 
    Which of the following committees is responsible for reviewing Supreme Court nominees?
    • A. 

      House Judiciary

    • B. 

      Senate Judiciary

    • C. 

      House Rules

    • D. 

      Senate Appropriations

    • E. 

      House Ways and Means

  • 6. 
    Acceptance of a writ of certiorari is based on all the following criteria EXCEPT
    • A. 

      A recommendation by any of the Supreme Court justices

    • B. 

      A court decision that conflicts with precedent

    • C. 

      A court of appeals decision that conflicts with another court of appeals decision

    • D. 

      Inconsistencies between courts of different states

    • E. 

      A split decision in the court of appeals

  • 7. 
    Which represents a major reason for the submittal of an amicus curiae brief?
    • A. 

      The Court must rely on precedent cases

    • B. 

      A friend of the court wished to provide additional information to the Court

    • C. 

      Lower courts must provide transcripts of its decisions

    • D. 

      The Supreme court requires related interests in the case to submit briefs

    • E. 

      The brief from the petitioner provides amended information about the case

  • 8. 
    Which Chief Justice is best known as the head of an activist court?
    • A. 

      Salmon Chase

    • B. 

      William Rehnquist

    • C. 

      Earl Warren

    • D. 

      Roger Taney

    • E. 

      Warren Burger

  • 9. 
    An example of a decision that would be classified as activist is
    • A. 

      San Antonio v Rodriguez

    • B. 

      Dred Scott v Sanford

    • C. 

      Plessy v Ferguson

    • D. 

      Brown v Board of Education

    • E. 

      New Jersey v TLO

  • 10. 
    Which Chief Justice is best known as the head of a court pusuing judicial restraint?
    • A. 

      John Marshall

    • B. 

      William Rehnquist

    • C. 

      Roger Taney

    • D. 

      Earl Warren

    • E. 

      Warren Burger

  • 11. 
    Critics of judicial activism feel that which of the consequences result from a court pusuing such a philosophy?
    • A. 

      A greater protection of the rights of the accused would occur

    • B. 

      An expansion of civil rights for minority groups would take place

    • C. 

      The Court would act as a watchdog over the other branches of government

    • D. 

      A strengthened federal system would result form the decisions made

    • E. 

      Precedent should be the determining factor when deciding a case

  • 12. 
    Proponents of judicial restraint make which of the following arguments?
    • A. 

      It should be the role of Congress, not the Court, to make policy

    • B. 

      The interest of government is not realized by a Court that won't make crucial decisions

    • C. 

      States should not be able to develop their own laws without having to worry about federal court interpretation and interference

    • D. 

      The federal system will be strengthened by a court that rules state laws unconstitutional

    • E. 

      The Court should initiate, not facilitate, judicial precedent

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