- the highest court of the U.S.
- (in many states) the highest court of the state.
- (lowercase) (in some states) a court of general jurisdiction subordinate to an appeals court.
- the highest Federal court, possessing final appellate jurisdiction and exercising supervisory jurisdiction over the lower courts
- (in many states) the highest state court
A federal court; the highest body in the judicial branch. The Supreme Court is composed of a chief justice and eight associate justices, all of whom are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. They serve on the Court as long as they choose, subject only to impeachment. Each state also has a supreme court; these courts are all courts of appeals, primarily hearing cases that have already been tried. The federal Supreme Court (“the” Supreme Court) has the final word on interpretation of all laws and of the Constitution itself.