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No, the US Supreme Court can't enforce its decisions; this limitation is one of the checks on the power of the Judicial branch. The Court generally must rely on the Executive branch to ensure the order the Supreme Court is carried out.

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I see more and more disrespect for the Supreme Court and that is eroding our democracy.
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The Supreme Court of the United States of America was not granted by Constitution the power to enforce laws or judicial decisions. That limited and temporary power was granted to the Executive Branch in the case of the federal government that would be the President of the United States and his appointed Cabinet members. To a lesser degree, the Congress can enforce some laws through the creation of administrative agencies, such as the Internal Revenue Service.

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The US Supreme Court can't enforce its decisions; this limitation is one of the checks on the power of the Judicial branch. The Court must rely on the Executive branch to ensure the order the Supreme Court is carried out.

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This is a complex question due to the variety of types of decisions a court can make.

It can use the contempt power, disbarment, etc. against against certain individuals, but in other cases, the decision resolves civil disputes, or criminal/constitutional procedure issues, bars or allows particular governmental actions. Ultimately a court must, in the last instance, rely on the Executive Branch to enforce decisions as stated above.

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It doesn't, for two reasons:

  1. The Supreme Court doesn't enact laws; it issues decisions that may create common law or nullify an existing law, but these are not referred to as "the Supreme Court's laws," because only Congress has the constitutional authority to create new legislation.
  2. The US Supreme Court has no enforcement power over its decisions; that authority falls to the Executive (Presidential) branch of government, and may be supported by new laws passed by Congress. This sometimes creates problems if the President or Congress are uncooperative.

Although it may seem strange for the Court to make a decision but have no authority to carry it out, this rule is part of the federal government' system of checks and balances, designed to prevent any one branch from becoming too powerful.

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No, the US Supreme Court interprets and applies laws. The President (or Executive Branch) of government carries out (enforces) laws.

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by the president.

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The Supreme Court Justices interpret and enforce the US Constitution. The US Constitution is the ultimate "Law of the Land", to which they are bound.


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