philosophy that judges should interpret the Constitution to reflect current conditions and values
view that the courts should reject any active lawmaking functions and stick to judicial interpretations of the past
the power of the Supreme Court to declare laws and actions of local, state, or national governments unconstitutional
writ of certiorari
an order from the court to a lower court to send up the records on a case for review
"let the decision stand"; the judges use past cases in order to determine the outcome of a present case
President nominates a senator, and privately talks with the standing senator from their state before sending the nominee to the Seante
a requirement that to be heard a case must be capable of being settled as a matter of law rather than on other grounds as is commonly the case in legislative bodies
class action suits
Lawsuits permitting a small number of people to sue on behalf of all other people similarly situated.
"friend of the court"-- briefs, they come from individuals, interest groups, or government agencies claiming to have information useful to the Court's consideration of the case
The party who appeals a district court's decision, usually seeking reversal of that decision.
court that reviews trial court procedures to determine whether they have complied with accepted rules and constitutional doctrines.
rule of Four
a rule that if 4 senators vote to hear a case, it can be presented before the Supreme Court
standing to sue
requirement that plaintiffs need to have a serious interest in the case, which depends on if they will sustain an injury from it
president appointed 3rd in Justice; execute branch; appear for US against other coutries
Fletcher v. Peck
Supreme Court case; first case where the Supreme Court overruled a state law because of it's Constitutionality