Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe the role that law plays in democratic society.
  • Explain the role of Congress and the courts in establishing the judiciary.
  • Evaluate Hamilton's claim that the judiciary was the "least dangerous branch of government" in light of the power it wields.
  • Outline the institutional rules and political influences that shape the Supreme Court and the decisions it makes. 
  • Describe the relationship between citizens and the courts in America.