How come the Supreme Court’s decisions are always carried into effect? What enforces them?

Why do people always listen to the Supreme Court? What if they really disagree? Like, not just a person, but what if a whole state court system disagrees?

They are voluntarily complied with.

Back during Andrew Jackson’s presidency the court handed down a ruling he didn’t like. The Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice John Marshall, prohibited President Andrew Jackson from forcibly moving Indians from southeastern states to the western territories. Jackson refused to obey, saying "John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it!"

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3 thoughts on “How come the Supreme Court’s decisions are always carried into effect? What enforces them?

    Adam B

    (January 27, 2010 - 12:15 pm)

    One of the nice things about living in a country that respects the rule of law is that court decisions are obeyed even though the Court has no independent power of enforcement. People carry Supreme Court decisions into effect because they understand that the entire system depends on respecting court judgments. A state court that ignored an order of the Supreme Court would be sawing away at the branch that it sits on.
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    Yak Rider

    (January 27, 2010 - 12:48 pm)

    They are voluntarily complied with.

    Back during Andrew Jackson’s presidency the court handed down a ruling he didn’t like. The Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice John Marshall, prohibited President Andrew Jackson from forcibly moving Indians from southeastern states to the western territories. Jackson refused to obey, saying "John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it!"
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    daniel_dubv

    (January 27, 2010 - 1:32 pm)

    people listen and obey the SCOTUS (supreme court of the united states) because they are the highest court, and they are the only ones that can deem something un-constitutional….my political science teacher in college said once, " The Supreme Court isnt last because their right, their right because they are last" meaning the last stop for appeals in a court case.
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