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

Summary

This lesson explains the structure and function of the judicial branch. Students will learn how the Supreme Court originated, how cases are selected, and why it is an important institution. In the accompanying Annenberg Classroom video “A Conversation on the Constitution: The Origin, Nature and Importance of the Supreme Court,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts answers students’ questions about the Supreme Court and his role as chief justice of the United States.

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