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Supreme Court of the United States

About the Supreme Court

Article III, §1, of the Constitution provides that "[t]he judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish." The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) was created in accordance with this provision and by authority of the Judiciary Act of September 24, 1789 (1 Stat. 73). It was organized on February 2, 1790. The Court is the highest tribunal in the Nation for all cases and controversies arising under the Constitution or the laws of the United States.

SCOTUS site: Oral Arguments (Calendars and Lists, Transcripts, Audio); Docket System (for cases filed since the 2001 Term); Rules and Guidance (Court Rules, Guides for Counsel).

Journals & Law Reviews

Search here for all the Supreme Court-related periodicals available in HeinOnline.

Reference Books in the GW Law Library