Republican presidential candidates  Jeb Bush, senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump  at the CBS debate in the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Republican White House hopefuls have called for US president Barack Obama to step aside and allow his successor to nominate the next Supreme Court jus(...)

A flag at the US Supreme Court is lowered to half mast following the announcement of the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The death on Saturday of Conservative US supreme court justice Antonin Scalia, one of the most politically influential American judges of his generati(...)

Supreme court justice Antonin Scalia making a rare appearance on Capitol Hill to testify before a senate judiciary committee hearin. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

In almost 30 years on the bench of the US supreme court justice Antonin Scalia was strident, colorful, and most of all, conservative. That made him an(...)

 US Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia speaking at the Economics Club of New York earlier this month. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

Conservative US supreme court justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican(...)

Liberal judges have dissented from conservative majority decisions with language that was equally vehement and that also questioned the majority’s sincerity

The Irish and US Constitutions both recognise a right to same sex marriage. While the Irish decision was a result of over a million “yes” votes, the U(...)

US Supreme Court . . . although conservative-led is now under fire from Republican presidential candidates. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images.

There is an entertaining pseudoscientific quality to much American sports coverage. As if the numerical deconstruction of a game and ability to put nu(...)

 Pooja Mandagere (left) and Natalie Thompson celebrate  outside the US Supreme Court following the announcement of the ruling  that the constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.  Photograph: Doug Mills/the New York Times

US president Barack Obama hailed a Supreme Court ruling legalising same-sex marriage across the country as a “victory for America.” The ruling mean(...)

Chief Justice John G Roberts Jr, one of three dissenters on the vote, said the “decision is a first. Never before has this court accepted a president’s direct defiance of an act of Congress in the field of foreign affairs.” Photograph: AP

In an important separation-of-powers case, the American Supreme Court on Monday struck down a law that would have allowed American parents of children(...)

Muslim woman Samantha Elauf (right), who was denied a sales job at an Abercrombie Kids store in Tulsa in 2008,  has been awarded $20,000. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

The US supreme court on Monday revived an employment discrimination lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch, which had refused to hire a Muslim woman (...)

Isabela Speedon, a medical assistant, puts clean sheets on an examining table at the Whole Woman’s Health Clinic in McAllen, Texas. The US supreme court on October 14th blocked a federal  ruling that had forced the closure of abortion clinics where doctors did not have admitting access at nearby hospitals, instead allowing them to remain open while appeals proceed. Photograph: Delcia Lopez/The New York Times

Thirteen abortion clinics in Texas have been allowed to reopen after the US supreme court blocked restrictions imposed by a state law that threatened (...)