Ap government Study Guide Unit One: Constitutional Underpinnings


Strict-constructionist approach –



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Strict-constructionist approach – the view that judges should decide cases strictly on the basis of the language of the laws and the constitution

  • Judicial Restraint – principle that courts will not overturn previous decisions

  • Activist approach – the view that judges should discern the general principles underlying the constitution, and apply them to modern circumstances. These justices typically try to overturn precedent

    Structure of the Federal Courts
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