Past Questions: Supreme Court

Some answered, some not. This is a compilation of all the past paper questions (that were accessible at the time - there may be more now). Good source for practice questions without having to wade through the Edexcel website (which isn't very good...).

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Supreme Court
ShortAnswer Questions (15)
Using examples, explain the limitations on the Supreme Court's powers.
How are Supreme Court judges appointed, and why has the process become so
politically controversial?
In what ways is the independence of Supreme Court Justices protected?
Why is the issue of the composition of the Supreme Court so controversial?
To what extent have Supreme Court Justices reflected the political views of the
Presidents who nominated them?
Essay Questions (45)
'Judicial activism cannot be justified.' Discuss.
Does the Supreme Court have too much power for an unelected body?
'The Supreme Court should interpret the Constitution and its amendments by
establishing their original meaning when they were adopted.' Discuss.
`A political, not a judicial institution'. Discuss this view of the Supreme Court.
Yes ­ too political
Taking on politically sensitive cases ­ e.g. Obamacare, AA, immigration
Constantly 54 ­ at least for contentious cases, voting along party lines
Marbury vs. Madison ­ judicial review, which has no constitutional basis was not
intended by Founding Fathers
Unelected ­ have no mandate to be legislating from the bench
Nomination process is inherently political ­ GOP appoints conservatives, Dems
appoint liberals (also retirement ­ rightwingers only retire when there's a GOP
No ­ apolitical
Kennedy often votes with liberal, despite being chosen by a Republican (also Souter
or Stevens, also both Republican appointees)
Only with cases put before them (but they do pick of the cases before them ­ still
Not accountable to party or public ­ they needn't be swayed by anybody's opinion
Needs Senate approval ­ prevents anything too political, even more so with divided


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