About the Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court is the highest court of the judicial branch of government—its duty is to interpret the law. Since 1803, the Supreme Court has been understood to have the power to declare national, state, and local laws unconstitutional. Article III of the Constitution defines the Supreme Court and which cases it can hear, and how other federal courts are established.

Tonight: Obama’s judicial audience

Editor’s note: as President Obama delivers his State of the Union Address tonight, the National Constitution Center will host a viewing party and will be live blogging on Constitution Daily. Of all the people who crowd into the Capitol for tonight’s State of the Union address, few will have as much power to influence President […]

Students, MySpace, and the First Amendment

It has long appeared to be a basic legal principle that, while public school officials are the masters of their own domain, they generally do not have authority elsewhere — unless they can show that off-campus activity directly implicates the operation of the schools.