POL 303 - POL 303 WEEK 1 DQ 2 JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE WITHIN A POLITICAL PROCESS
Judicial Independence Within a Political Process
Prepare: Read Chapter 1 and 2 in the course text and view the following video: “Marbury v. Madison.”
Reflect: The judicial branch of government was designed not only to serve as a check on the power of the executive and legislative branches but also to be the final arbiter on disputes among states and between the states and the federal government. One important arbitration tool utilized by the judicial branch is judicial review. Judicial review is one of the U.S. Constitution’s most provocative features as it plays an important role in shaping the laws that impact our society.
Write: In your initial post of at least 250 words, utilize the Constitution, established case law, and scholarly sources, to complete the following assignments:
Define judicial review.
Define judicial activism and judicial restraint.
Provide one recent example of judicial review by the Supreme Court and explain if the reviews are
considered examples of judicial restraint or judicial activism and why.