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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Relation of Constitutional Courts to Supreme Courts

Giacomo Delledonne

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 April 2021

Subject(s):
Constitutional interpretation — Constitutional processes — Judicial review of executive action — Judicial review of legislation — Powers and jurisdiction of constitutional courts/supreme courts — Types of constitutional courts/supreme courts

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1. This article focuses on the interplay between supreme courts and constitutional courts (constitutional courts / supreme courts, general). As has been observed, whereas the relationship between constitutional courts and the political branches has always received great scholarly attention, ‘[a]n equally important and as yet more marginally explored relationship is that between constitutional and ordinary courts’ (de Visser 377). This is all the more true when it come s to supreme courts. This article will first clarify the difference between constitutional courts...
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