Study Questions

  1. The Supreme Court does not permit video recording in the courtroom. Would a change in this practice and the airing of court proceedings during the evening news change the perception of the Supreme Court with the American public? Could this change make the Supreme Court more responsive to public opinion?
  2. Is diverse representation in the federal judiciary important? Is justice better served when judge have racial, religious, or educational backgrounds that match the American public? Are there other factors that may come into play in terms of judicial accountability and independence?
  3. How are courts subordinate to the other two branches of government?