Supreme Court Power

The Supreme Court’s power comes from, as all other explicit powers, the constitution and its amendments. The Supreme Court’s power extends to the following:

Federal question: power to decide cases arising under the Constitution, federal laws, and treaties

Diplomats: power to decide cases involving ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls

Water: power to decide cases involving navigable waters

Federal party: power to decide cases in which the United States is a party

Interstate: power to decide cases between two or more states

Diversity: power to decide cases between citizens of different states

Land grant: power to decide cases between citizens of the same state claiming land under the grants of different states

Alienage: power to decide cases between

• a state and a foreign state;

• citizens of a state and a foreign state;

• citizens of a state and citizens or subjects of a foreign state; or

• a state and citizens of another state, or citizens or subjects of a foreign state, where the state is the initial plaintiff.

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