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‘The Supreme Court has played a significant role in adapting the 18th century constitution to the space age needs of nuclear America’. Explain.

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  • The Supreme Court has done much towards the growth of the constitution. The constitution of America is a skeleton document comprising of seven articles. It was framed in 1787 for a country of thirteen states having pastoral agricultural economy. Today, America is a country of fifty states and is the most highly industrialized country of the world. It is one of the biggest world power. Obviously a constitutional structure devised for pastoral economy could not have meted out the needs of the present day America which has landed its cosmonauts on the moon.

  • The necessary adoption could not have been secured through constitutional amendments as the constitution amending procedure is extra ordinarily rigid. The Supreme Court has played a significant role in adapting the 18th century constitution to the space age needs of nuclear America. By putting a liberal interpretation it has facilitated the growth of the constitution without the necessity of formal amendment. In the words of James M Beck, “the Supreme Court is not only a court of justice but, in a qualified sense, a continuous constitutional convention.

  • It continues the work of the convention of 1787 by adopting through interpretation the greater character of government”. In words of Justice Hugh’s, “Americans are under a constitution but the constitution is what the judges say it is”.

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