Resources on the Judicial Branch
An Independent Judiciary: Cherokee Nation v. Georgia and Cooper v. Aaron
This documentary, featuring Justice Stephen G. Breyer and leading constitutional scholars, chronicles two key moments that defined our understanding of the role of the judiciary: the Cherokee Nation's struggles before the Supreme Court in the 1830s to preserve its homeland, and Cooper v. Aaron (1958), which affirmed that states were bound to follow the Court's order to integrate their schools. Closed captioning available in multiple languages. A lesson guide accompanies the video.

A Conversation on the Constitution: Judicial Independence

High school students join Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Anthony M. Kennedy and Sandra Day O’Connor to discuss why an independent judiciary is necessary and the way the Constitution safeguards the role of judges so that they in turn can safeguard the rights of minorities and those with unpopular views. (32 min) Closed captioning available in multiple languages.

 The Role of the Courts

In the five short videos, federal judges explain separation of powers and the roles of the three branches of government as well as landmark cases related to separation of powers. Judges also discuss the system of checks and balances outlined in the Constitution and explain why it's important to respect the nation's rule of law and the jurisdiction of the courts.

Court Quest

In this fun, interactive game, players help guide ordinary citizens who are looking for justice through local, state and federal court systems.

A Conversation on the Origin, Nature and Importance of the Supreme Court

Chief Justice John G. Roberts discusses the workings of the court with high school students Their questions address the history and evolution of the court; how the justices select, hear and decide cases; and the role of an independent judiciary.