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The Judicial Branch of government is vested with the authority to interpret the Constitution and ensure that laws adhere to the spirit and letter of the Constitution. It is also responsible for determining how a laws are interpreted and applied.

As the highest court in the nation, the US Supreme Courtis the ultimate authority on the interpretation of laws and the Constitution.

However, through the system of checks and balances, the Supreme Court does not have the final say on what the Constitution is. The Congress, with the several States, has the authority to amend (change) the Constitution, thus potentially overturning a Supreme Court decision. This is a difficult and time-consuming thing to accomplish and so is not often done.

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The Supreme Court of the United States is considered the ultimate authority on the US Constitution.

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What court can interpret the Constitution?

Any court can interpret the constitution, but the US Supreme Court is the final arbiter on constitutionality.


Final government authority rests in the US Constitution by virtue of the what?

Article VI Supremacy Clause


Which branch of the us government interpets the constitution?

The Judicial Branch of government is vested with the authority to interpret the Constitution and ensure that laws adhere to the spirit and letter of the Constitution. It is also responsible for determining how a laws are interpreted and applied.As the highest court in the nation, the US Supreme Courtis the ultimate authority on the interpretation of laws and the Constitution.


What document is the 'final authority' in government?

The Articles of Confederation SHOULD be the final authority, tht is what I've heard, but im not positive, look it up in a U.S. History Text BookThat must be a really OLD history book. The US Constitution is the "final authority." (The Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation more than 200 years ago.)


Who sorts out disputes about the constitution?

The United States Supreme Court has the final say. If the President, Congress or citizens on the US do not like the Court's interpretation of some particular wording , they will have to amend the Constitution to change the wording in such a way that it would be interpreted the way they would like it to be. Of course, the Supreme Court always has the ability to, at a later time, overrule such a decision, but that is simply confirming the fact that thet Supreme Court has the final say and can even change its mind.


Can all three branches of government interpret the constitution differently?

Absolutely. Even US Supreme Court justices disagree with each other's interpretation of the Constitution, which is why there are seldom unanimous votes.While the President and members of Congress may disagree with certain Supreme Court decisions, the justices are the final arbiters of the Constitution. The other branches of government must abide by the Court's opinions.


Who can interpret the Constitution?

Anyone can interpret the Constitution; however, the courts determine whether laws, executive orders, treaties and policies are in keeping with the principles of the Constitution, and have the ability to nullify and render unenforceable any that are not. The Supreme Court is the ultimate authority on Constitutional law.


What court declares the final word on the constitutionality of a state law?

The [State] Supreme Court (or its equivalent) has final authority unless the question being addressed in the state constitution conflicts with the US Constitution, in which case the US Supreme Court has final authority.


What is the US Supreme Court's relationship to the Constitution?

In a sense, they are the guardians of the Constitution. Each justice takes two oaths of office swearing to uphold its principles. They are also the final authority on interpreting the meaning of the Constitution.


What contains the highest authority of law in the US?

which source law in the united states is the hightest authority


In a federal system of government what is the final authority?

Theoretically in the United States, it is congress. The constitution gives congress the right to overrule any Supreme Court decision. It has never done that. It gives congress rights over decisions of the Executive branch. Congress usually defers. There is a difference between being the final authority and having common sense.


When does the US Supreme Court have final authority?

In any case involving the Constitution, acts of Congress, and treaties with other nations, as well as in disputes between the states.