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U.S. Supreme Court Reform

This guide collects academic scholarship, popular press articles, and historical materials to help you learn more about various Supreme Court reform proposals.


The materials in this section can be broadly grouped into two categories: (i) jurisdiction reform (often called “jurisdiction stripping”) and (ii) more general critiques of judicial review and the Supreme Court’s current role as the final arbiter of constitutionality. 

Generally, the concept of jurisdiction stripping refers to Congress’ power to limit or curtail the appellate jurisdiction of federal courts, including the Supreme Court. In theory, through jurisdiction stripping, Congress could prohibit the Supreme Court from hearing categories of cases or hearing cases involving specific federal legislation. Reconsidering the Supreme Court’s power of judicial review over federal laws, on the other hand, is a broader and more expansive proposition. 

Academic Literature