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What Was the Warren Court?

The Supreme Court is the highest court of law in the US judicial system. Whatever decision is handed down by the Supreme Court is considered to be final and binding. This is because the Supreme Court hears cases that have been elevated through a process of court appeals or through relevance or significance on a national level. The Supreme Court is made up of several justices, including one chief justice. It has become common that the name of the chief justice references the era in which Supreme Court was managed by that chief justice. Thus, the Warren Court refers to Supreme Court during the era of Earl Warren as chief justice.

It is typical for a Supreme Court to be named according to the chief justice in reference to the era in which the chief justice served. Thus, names such as Rehnquist Court or Taft court refer to the Supreme Court during the time that Rehnquist or Taft was chief justice. However, it has come to the attention of many people that the Warren Court was most distinctive and unforgettable due to the number of decisions made during that era which continue to hold true or impact the decisions made regarding law today.

The Warren Court was known for emphasizing personal rights, and decided based on the value of ethics and legal precedents. This was considered to be quite a radical shift, something that was not expected from a conservative such as Earl Warren. The Warren Court lasted from 1953 to 1969 and made landmark decisions in areas of civil rights and liberties as well as judicial and federal power.

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