What does SCOTUS mean?

Supreme Court of the United States

SCOTUS is a short form for the Supreme Court of the United States. This abbreviation is often used when talking about the court, its judges, or the people who might be chosen to become judges.

People use this acronym because it’s quicker to say or write than the full name. You’ll often see it in news stories or online posts about the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court has nine judges, known as justices. These justices are chosen by the president, who’s sometimes called POTUS – another acronym which stands for President of the United States.

Justices are chosen for life. But sometimes a judge can’t carry on, maybe because they’re ill or because they die. When that happens, their seat on the court is up for grabs.

That’s when you’ll see SCOTUS being used a lot. People from different political groups – liberals and conservatives – will start arguing about who should take the empty seat.

Example for using ‘SCOTUS’ in a conversation

Hey, did you hear about the SCOTUS decision on abortion rights?

Yeah, I read about it. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of protecting a woman’s right to choose.

That’s a big deal. SCOTUS decisions always have a huge impact.

Definitely. The Supreme Court plays a crucial role in shaping our laws and protecting our rights.