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What happens when the judicial branch declares a law unconstitutional?

When the proper court determines that a legislative act (a law) conflicts with the constitution, it finds that law unconstitutional and declares it void in whole or in part. This is called judicial review.

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Consequently, when has the judicial branch declares a law unconstitutional?

The Supreme Court's landmark decision regarding judicial review is Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. (1 Cranch) 137 (1803). Marbury was the first Supreme Court decision to strike down an act of Congress as unconstitutional. Chief Justice John Marshall wrote the opinion for a unanimous Court.

Also Know, how do you know if a law is constitutional? Judicial Review and Tests Created by the Courts Judicial review is where a court determines whether or not the government violated the Constitution. The process typically begins with a person challenging a law (or government activity) in court.

Regarding this, can the judicial branch declare laws unconstitutional?

The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Constitution makes no mention of judicial review, the right of the Supreme Court to declare federal and state laws unconstitutional.

When was the last time the Supreme Court declares a law unconstitutional?

It is true that since the Marbury decision in 1803 until 2002, the Supreme Court has found federal laws unconstitutional 158 times. In the last 10 years, its have exercised that power in 14 additional cases (see discussion below) for a total of 172.

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