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Amicus Curaie
Information on a case (to sway the justices to one side of the argument) supplied by groups on individuals who are not party to the case
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Concurring opinion
One of the justices who votes with the majority writes the argument justifying their ruling
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Conservative Judicial Activism
Where the supreme court overules a previous decision e.g. Brown V Board of Education
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Dissenting opinion
This is a document written by people who disagree with the supreme court ruling.
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Due Process
All citizens have the right to a fair trial under an impartial judge.
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Imperial Judiciary
When Judges have too much power and begin to undermine the legitimate democratic power of the elected branches.
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Judicial appointments
nominated by President. Ratified in the senate.
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Judicial review
Power of the supreme court to declare if laws are constitutional
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legislating from the bench
when Judges are effectively making the laws from their rulings even though they are unelected and unaccountable
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Loose Constructionism
Try to Look back to intentions of FF, but actively try to update it, if they think the constitution is out of date.
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Majority decision
Document written in support of the final decision in legal language
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Politicians in robes
Judges have become too politicised even though they are unelected and unaccountable they have a lot of power to make law through their rulings.
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Precedent
Past decisions of the Court are the authority to decide similar cases
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Quazi- Legislative
essentially have a legislative role even though that is not set out in the constitution.
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Recess apointment
Appointment by the pres of a senior federal official if US senate are on recess
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Strict constructionism
Judicial philosophy that restricts judicial interpretation.
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One of the justices who votes with the majority writes the argument justifying their ruling

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Concurring opinion

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Where the supreme court overules a previous decision e.g. Brown V Board of Education

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This is a document written by people who disagree with the supreme court ruling.

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All citizens have the right to a fair trial under an impartial judge.

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