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The Nation's Court

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When people have big disagreements disagreement JAMIE GRILL—JGI/GETTY IMAGES a difference of opinion (noun) My brother and I are learning to settle our disagreements without fighting. , they might need to go to court. Courts settle arguments. They make important decisions decision MIKE KEMP—GETTY IMAGES a choice made after thinking about something (noun) Fiona came to a big decision: She would quit the soccer team and take ballet classes. . 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 found FATCAMERA/GETTY IMAGES to create something, such as an institution or organization (verb) Our field trip to the animal shelter inspired me to found an animal-welfare club at school. 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 expert HERO IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES a person who has special knowledge about a particular subject (noun) Shelby is a computer expert.

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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.

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