Disparaging the Supreme Court: Is SCOTUS in Serious Trouble?

8 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2015 Last revised: 26 Aug 2015

Date Written: 2015


The piece argues that the Court is now subject to the widest and most sophisticated disparagement it has ever experienced, and that the tumultuous terms over the past two years have especially shown its vulnerability. Journalists and the general public are now thinking and speaking about the institution in a much different light than previously, and a deeper conversation about the proper role of the Court, especially in regard to constitutional review, has only just begun. Also, the piece argues that the justices’ disparagement of each other has contributed to this wider criticism, and that the recent health care and same-sex marriage decisions significantly exposed this problem. If such disparagement continues, an increase in popular constitutionalism or departmentalism may be inevitable. Additionally, lower federal courts and state courts may start carving out their own constitutional paths that run contrary to Supreme Court precedent.

Suggested Citation

Jones, Brian Christopher, Disparaging the Supreme Court: Is SCOTUS in Serious Trouble? (2015). Wisconsin Law Review Online, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2650166

Brian Christopher Jones (Contact Author)

University of Sheffield, School of Law ( email )

United Kingdom

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