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Constitutional Topic: Due Process
Due process can be difficult to understand. Begin with this introduction to the basic idea of due process. What does due process mean in relation to the laws that we write and pass?
Substantive Due Process
Introduction to Substantive Due Process
This site offers an explanation of the concept of substantive due process. Where is substantive due process found in the Constitution?
The Development of Substantive Due Process
The concept of substantive due process has developed over time. Read this explanation of substantive due process and how case law contributed to the growth of this idea.
The Right to Die
Explore an overview of the debate over the right of a family or guardian to withhold medical treatment that is keeping a patient alive. Read recent cases involving this issue. Which side do you think makes the most compelling arguments?
Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health
Read about the Supreme Court case described in your text in The Case of the Right to Die. From this page, link to the full text of the decision, listen to the oral arguments, or browse through related resources.
Washington v. Glucksberg
This case involved a Washington law banning physician-assisted suicide. What the Court decide?
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Procedural Due Process
Due process procedures guarantee that the events leading to a government decision will be at least minimally fair. Read this overview of what is required in civil procedures.
Procedural Due Process: Criminal Cases
Read this overview of what is required for due process in criminal procedures.
Connecticut Department of Public Safety v. Doe
Read the opinion of the 2003 Supreme Court case that found "Megan's Law" to be procedurally constitutional. This case upheld a state law that required convicted sex offenders to register with police in order to notify neighbors of the sex offenders' presence.
Demore v. Kim
Take a closer look at the 2003 Supreme Court case described in your text in The Case of the Deportation of Permanent Residents. From this page, you may also link to the full text of the decision, listen to the oral arguments, or browse through related resources.
Goss v. Lopez
Read about the Supreme Court case requiring hearings before high school students at a public school were given 10-day suspensions. From this page, you may also link to the full text of the decision, listen to the oral arguments, or browse through related resources.
Goldberg v. Kelly
In this case, the Supreme Court required that the government provide a hearing before cutting off a person's access to public assistance. Why did the Court require this procedure?
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