EL Civics for ESL Students

The Supreme Court

EL Civics History and Government
U.S. Supreme Court

Equal Justice Under Law

Chief Justice John G. Roberts


1. The Chief Justice is often called the "first among equals."

2. Before the Supreme Court was built in 1935, the justices met in the Capitol Building.

3. The Chief Justice swears in new Presidents during their inagurations in January.

4. There has never been a female Chief Justice.

5. Justices wear black robes when hearing cases.

  • The Supreme Court is the head of the Judicial Branch of the American government. It is the highest court in the United States.
  • The Supreme Court reviews and explains the laws.
  • Presidents nominate justices to the Supreme Court.
  • Justices are nominated for life terms, but may choose to retire early.
  • There are nine justices on the Supreme Court. The highest justice is called the Chief Justice.
  • The current Chief Justice is John G. Roberts, Jr.
  • His full name is John Glover Roberts, Jr., and he was born on January 27, 1955.
  • Roberts is the seventeenth Chief Justice of the United States.
  • President George W. Bush nominated Roberts to be the Chief Justice.
  • The supreme law of the United States is the Constitution and the Supreme Court interprets the Constitution.
  • Above the courthouse doors of the Supreme Court it says: EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW.
  • The Supreme Court building is located in Washington, D.C. across from the U.S. Capitol Building.
  • You can write Chief Justice Roberts at:
  • Chief Justice Roberts, Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street N.E., Washington, DC 20543.

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