Supreme Court and Chief Justice John Marshall

What is the job of the Supreme Court?

“A constitution is, in fact, and must be regarded by the judges, as a fundamental law. It therefore belongs to them to ascertain its meaning, as well as the meaning of any particular act proceeding from the legislative body. If there should happen to be an irreconcilable variance between the two, that which has the superior obligation and validity ought, of course, to be preferred; or, in other words, the Constitution ought to be preferred to the statute, the intention of the people to the intention of their agents.”

—Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 78

Chief Justice John Marshall

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Subject Areas: Civics & Government, U.S. History

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