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p. 727. The Court and the publiclocked

  • Linda Greenhouse


What is the relationship between the Supreme Court and the public? Justices rely on public trust to put force behind their decisions. ‘The Court and the public’ considers the role of the public in the decisions of the Supreme Court. To what extent are justices influenced by public opinion? A judge's awareness of public opinion is regarded as necessary. Scholars regard the relationship between the Supreme Court and public opinion as elusive. Does the relationship run both ways? While the public may influence the Court, can the Court influence the public? Over time, the Court and the public seem to maintain a certain equilibrium. The public seem to approve of the institutions in general, rather than of particular actions.

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