The Nation's Court

January 3, 2020
The Supreme Court Building is located in Washington, D.C.
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When people have big disagreements, they might need to go to court. Courts settle arguments. They make important decisions. In the United States, the top court is the Supreme Court. Let’s learn about it.

Welcome to the Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court is in Washington, D.C. That is our nation’s capital. The court was founded in 1789.

Group Portrait

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The Supreme Court is made up of nine judges. They are called justices. They are picked by the president. But the Senate must agree. Justices can serve for life.

A Look Inside

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The court settles disagreements. It hears about 80 cases each year. Its decisions affect the whole country. Here is what the courtroom looks like. Justices sit in a row at the front.

Legal Experts

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Supreme Court justices are experts on the U.S. Constitution. That is the set of rules that say how our country should be run.

Did You Know?

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Justices have a uniform. It is a black robe. Some justices dress up their robes. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is known for her collars. Each has a special meaning for her.