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Role of the Court. Warm Up. What do you feel is the role of the federal judges regarding interpreting the Constitution?. Graphic Organizer Time. How Federal Cases are Appealed. Appealing a Case to the Supreme Court. Judicial Review. Judicial Review.

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Role of the court

Role of the Court


Warm up

Warm Up

  • What do you feel is the role of the federal judges regarding interpreting the Constitution?


Graphic organizer time

Graphic Organizer Time

  • How Federal Cases are Appealed

  • Appealing a Case to the Supreme Court


Judicial review

Judicial Review


Judicial review1

Judicial Review

  • Judicial review refers to the power of a court to determine the constitutionality of a government action.

  • The Supreme Court first asserted its power of judicial review in the case of Marbury v. Madison(1803).

  • The Court’s decision laid the foundation for its involvement in the development of the American system of government.


John marshall great chief justice or greatest chief justice

John Marshall: Great Chief Justice or Greatest Chief Justice?

William &Mary:

Class of 1780


Movie time

Movie Time!!!

  • Judicial Review

  • Marburyvs. Madison

  • John Marshall

  • http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=1ba2e1f0d4a99089bc3f


The case of the flying fish

The Case of the Flying Fish

  • Little v. Barreme(1804)

    • The President authorized the Navy to intercept any vessel going to or from a French port.

    • HOWEVER, Congress had passed a law telling the Navy to seize only vessels going to French ports.

    • The Flying Fish, a Dutch Ship, was coming from a French Port. It was seized by the USS Boston under the command of Captain George Little.

    • Captain Little was declared to be liable for executing a command that was illegal in nature.


Flying fish continued

Flying Fish Continued…

  • Key Issue:

    • Whether an order of the President, which in effect attempts to make law, can override an act of Congress.

  • The Supreme Court decides:

    • No, an order of the President which is in contradiction with an act of Congress is illegally put forth.

  • Reasoning:

    • Legislative branch makes laws and the Executive enforces the law. The Act of Congress limited what ships could be seized. The President acted contrary to these limits. His actions were unconstitutional.


Extra credit challenge

Extra Credit Challenge

  • Take Out Your Book

  • Turn to the Constitution

  • Find the Following:

    • Right to Privacy

    • Separation of Church and State

    • Freedom of Expression


No luck

No Luck?

  • Why do you think you couldn’t find any of these?

  • Do they exist?

    • Right to Privacy

    • Separation of Church and State

    • Freedom of Expression


Judicial activism vs judicial restraint

Judicial Activism vs. Judicial Restraint

  • Judicial Restraint- a theory of judicial interpretation that encourages judges to limit the exercise of their own power. It asserts that judges should hesitate to strike down laws unless they are obviously unconstitutional.

  • Judicial Activism- relates to activities of judges who, in the course of carrying out their duties, go beyond the strictly judicial function and enter into the political policymaking arena.


Examples of judicial activism

Examples of Judicial Activism

  • Judicial Activism

    • Judicial Review

      • Marbury v. Madison

    • Right to Privacy

    • Abortion Rights

      • Roe v. Wade

    • Abolished Segregation

      • Brown v. Board of Ed

    • Dred Scott v. Sanford


Role of the court

"It is every Americans' right and obligation to read and interpret the Constitution for himself."— Thomas Jefferson


Freedom of religion two parts

Freedom of Religion(Two Parts)

  • The Establishment Clause

  • "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.“

  • It has been interpreted to prohibit :

    • the establishment of a national religion by Congress, or

    • the preference of one religion over another.

  • The Free Exercise Clause

  • “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof“

  • It has been interpreted as:

    • Religious groups and individuals should have the right to meet and worship without undue government interference.

    • Individuals have the right to choose their own religion.


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