Undergraduate Honors Thesis


Beyond “Good Behaviour”: A Plan to Restructure the Supreme Court of the United States Public Deposited

  • The Supreme Court of the United States truly decides what the law is. It is the final say in any legal battle, and as a result, it is in many ways more powerful than either the legislative or executive branches of the United States government. It performs an important check on both of those branches and serves a vital function in the democracy of the United States. But its current structure leaves something to be desired. There are too few justices, and life tenure is a mistake. Plus those justices represent a very geographically narrow selection of the country’s judiciary branch. In this paper, I discuss the Supreme Court’s history as well as a selection of its most important cases, and I offer a potential new structure for America’s highest court that contains more justices, term limits, and a geographically representative selection of Justices. After comparing this proposed structure with that of three other countries, I ultimately find that the implementation of this new structure could be accomplished in one of three possible ways: through Constitutional amendment, through statute, or through the creation of an entirely new Court of Appeals subordinate to the current Supreme Court.
Date Awarded
  • 2019-01-01
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Last Modified
  • 2019-12-02
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