The Judiciary: The Supreme Court in the Governmental Process

The Judiciary: The Supreme Court in the Governmental Process

The Judiciary: The Supreme Court in the Governmental Process

The Judiciary: The Supreme Court in the Governmental Process

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Despite a growing awareness by the American public of the significant role played by the judiciary, the latter is still the least known, the least understood, and the most maligned of the three branches of the United States government. That this is not a surprising state of affairs does not gainsay the need to try to provide insight and material which may help to alleviate the problem. There is some evidence of a growing body of serious commentary on the judiciary, in general, and the Supreme Court, in particular -- but much of it has been produced with either little or no regard for the nonprofessional reader or student, and a good deal of it is difficult or expensive to obtain. The purpose of this little book is to avoid these problems by presenting a brief but meaningful analysis of the judicial function as seen through the role of the Supreme Court of the United States in the governmental process. It is both an explanatory and an evaluative presentation, but I have endeavored to be objective in an area where far too much reaction is still based upon the answer to the question "whose ox is being gored?" This work is by no means a wholly uncritical study of the Supreme Court and its functions, but I happen to believe strongly that, on balance, it has played not only a crucial but an indispensable role in the growth and evolution of our Republic.

Designed for use by the general public as well as by students of government and politics at all levels, the book tells its essential story in three chapters: The first treats the dual system of courts in the United States and the jurisdiction and institutional setting of the Supreme Court. The second deals extensively with what has clearly become the . . .

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