THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
United States Supreme Court Building
One First Street NE., Washington, DC 20543
Phone, 202-479-3000. Internet, www.supremecourtus.gov.
Chief Justice of the United States William H. Rehnquist
Associate Justices John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy, David H. Souter, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer
Administrative Assistant to the Sally M. Rider
Clerk William K. Suter
Court Counsel Scott S. Harris
Curator Catherine E. Fitts
Director of Budget and Personnel Cyril A. Donnelly
Director of Data Systems Donna Clement
Librarian Judith Gaskell
Marshal Pamela Talkin
Public Information Officer Kathleen L. Arberg
Reporter of Decisions Frank D. Wagner
Article III, section 1, of the Constitution of the United States provides that ``he judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.''
The Supreme Court of the United States was created in accordance with this provision and by authority of the Judiciary Act of September 24,
1789 (1 Stat. 73). It was organized on February 2, 1790. Article III, section 2 of the Constitution defines the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court is comprised of the Chief Justice of the United States and such number of Associate Justices as may be fixed by Congress, which is currently fixed at eight (28 U.S.C. 1). The President nominates the Justices with the advice and consent of the Senate. Article III, section 1, of the Constitution further provides that
``he Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.''
Court officers assist the Court in the performance of its functions. They
include the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice, the Clerk, the Reporter of Decisions, the Librarian, the Marshal, the Director of Budget and Personnel, the Court Counsel, the Curator, the Director of Data Systems, and the Public Information Officer.
Appellate Jurisdiction Appellate jurisdiction has been conferred upon the Supreme Court by various statutes under the authority given Congress by the Constitution. The basic statute...