Supreme Court Records and Statistics
At the very top of the federal judiciary sits the Supreme Court of the United States. This court derives its power from the U.S. Constitution. The Supreme court holds appellate jurisdiction over all the federal and state court cases that have federal or constitutional law. This guide will explain what the Supreme Court is and how to find Supreme Court records from there case document search.
Current Members of The Supreme Court
Currently, there are 9 members of the Supreme Court. One Chef Justice and 8 Associate Justice members. John G. Roberts, Jr is the Chief Justice. The Associate Justice are as follows: Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M, Kavanaugh. Once a member is appointed and then gets approved, each member has the choice to serve for life. However, in more recent times members have decided to retire. When this happens the seat that gets filled is a prized and coveted honor to serve as a member of the Supreme Court. At the time of this writing, there have been 114 Justices that have served on the Supreme Court of the United States. With an average of 16 years served.
The Supreme Court hears cases from different states, citizens, and cases filed against the federal government. It also hears cases on which damages are above 75,000. The Supreme Court also does not conduct a jury trial.
Supreme Court of The United States
Established: March 4, 1789
Authorized By: United States Constitution
How Busy is The Supreme Court?
In a given year the Supreme Court can see an average of 7,000 to 8,000 new cases. This number is greatly higher then what the Supreme Court has seen in earlier years.
For example, in the 1950s the Supreme Court would see just over 1,000 cases in a given year. Typically the Supreme Court will dispose of about 100 or more cases without any plenary review.
The supreme court docket system contains information and records about cases that have been decided, and that are pending that have been filed at the court.
Starting from 2001 term you can find complete information regarding the status of the cases that have been filed.
To find a particular case user can use a Supreme Court docket number, the case name, or a combination of words or numbers that were included within the docket report.
Here is the format for the docket number for the Supreme Court: “Term year-number” (e.g., 06-123; 07-12; 06-5001).
Important Supreme Court Cases
There have been many important supreme court cases in history and the ones below are in no particular order but they stand out in history as some of the most famous court decisions of our time.
Marbury v. Madison, 1803 (4-0 decision)
Dred Scott v. Sandford, 1857 (7-2 decision)
Roe v. Wade, 1973 (7-2 decision)
McCulloch v. Maryland, 1819 (7-0 decision)
Plessy v. Ferguson, 1896 (7-1 decision)
Gideon v. Wainwright, 1963 (9-0 decision)
Visiting the Supreme Court of the United States
Thousands of people visit the Supreme Court each year because of its beauty and because of the power it represents. The building is open to the public so anyone can view it.
The hours of operation for viewing are 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The building is closed on the weekends and on all federal holidays.
Visitors can see courtrooms and ground floors. It is recommended that you contact the website to view the court calendar.
If you’re looking to find Supreme Court Records you can visit the Supreme Court Website and search for case documents directly online.
If you’re looking to view the history and beauty of the Supreme court building then you would need to plan a trip to see all that the building and history have to offer.